osteomalacia


os·te·o·ma·la·cia

noun \ˌäs-tē-ō-mə-ˈlā-sh(ē-)ə\

Definition of OSTEOMALACIA

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

Origin of OSTEOMALACIA

New Latin, from oste- + Greek malakia softness, from malakos soft — more at mollify
First Known Use: circa 1834

os·teo·ma·la·cia

noun \ˌäs-tē-ō-mə-ˈlā-sh(ē-)ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of OSTEOMALACIA

: a disease of adults that is characterized by softening of the bones and is analogous to rickets in the young
os·teo·ma·la·cic \-ˈlā-sik\ adjective

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