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Glossary: bisphosphonate, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

bisphosphonate

(bis-FOS-foh-nayt)

A drug or substance used to treat hypercalcemia (abnormally high blood calcium) and bone pain caused by some types of cancer. Forms of bisphosphonates are also used to treat osteoporosis and for bone imaging. Bisphosphonates inhibit a type of bone cell that breaks down bone. Also called diphosphonate.

2008-07-21