rickets

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rick·ets

noun plural but singular in construction \ˈri-kəts\

medical : a disease in children that is caused by a lack of vitamin D and that causes bones to become soft and to bend

Full Definition of RICKETS

:  a deficiency disease that affects the young during the period of skeletal growth, is characterized especially by soft and deformed bones, and is caused by failure to assimilate and use calcium and phosphorus normally due to inadequate sunlight or vitamin D

Origin of RICKETS

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First Known Use: 1634

rick·ets

noun plural but singular in construction \ˈrik-əts\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RICKETS

: a deficiency disease that affects the young during the period of skeletal growth, is characterized especially by soft and deformed bones, and is caused by failure to assimilate and use calcium and phosphorus normally due to inadequate sunlight or vitamin D—called also rachitis

rickets

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Disease of infancy and childhood characterized by defective bone growth due to lack of vitamin D. Calcium phosphate is not properly deposited in the bones, which become soft, curved, and stunted. Early symptoms include restlessness, profuse sweating, lack of limb and abdominal-muscle tone, soft skull bones, and developmental delays. Muscles may cramp and twitch. Without early treatment, effects may include bowlegs, knock-knees, and beadiness where the ribs meet the breastbone. A narrow chest and pelvis can later increase susceptibility to lung diseases and impede childbirth. Treatment is with high-dose vitamin D supplementation, sunlight, and a balanced diet. Adding vitamin D to milk has reduced rickets in high-latitude areas where the skin cannot produce enough.

Variants of RICKETS

rickets or vitamin D deficiency

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