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rickets

noun plural but singular in construction rick·ets \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

rickets

noun plural but singular in construction rick·ets \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

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