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View in Spanish: Osteomielitis

Osteomyelitis (OS-tee-oh-MY-uh-LY-tis)
Inflammation of the bone caused by an infection, which may spread to the bone marrow and tissues near the bone. Osteomyelitis can cause severe pain in the infected bone. If it is not treated, it can kill bone tissue.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.