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osteomalacia

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noun os·te·o·ma·la·cia \ˌäs-tē-ō-mə-ˈlā-sh(ē-)ə\

Definition of osteomalacia

  1. :  a disease of adults that is characterized by softening of the bones and is analogous to rickets in the young



Origin and Etymology of osteomalacia

New Latin, from oste- + Greek malakia softness, from malakos soft — more at mollify


First Known Use: circa 1834


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osteomalacia

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noun os·teo·ma·la·cia \ˌäs-tē-ō-mə-ˈlā-sh(ē-)ə\

Medical Definition of osteomalacia

  1. :  a disease of adults that is characterized by softening of the bones and is analogous to rickets in the young

osteomalacic

\-ˈlā-sik\play adjective



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