os·​te·​o·​ma·​la·​cia | \ ˌä-stē-ō-mə-ˈlā-sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce osteomalacia (audio) \

Definition of osteomalacia

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

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Examples of osteomalacia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Without enough of it, bones can become thin, brittle and misshapen, causing a condition called rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Liz Szabo, The Seattle Times, "The man who sold America on vitamin D — and profited in the process," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of osteomalacia

1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for osteomalacia

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

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“Osteomalacia.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osteomalacia. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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os·​teo·​ma·​la·​cia | \ ˌäs-tē-ō-mə-ˈlā-sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce osteomalacia (audio) \

Medical Definition of osteomalacia

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

Other Words from osteomalacia

osteomalacic \ -​ˈlā-​sik How to pronounce osteomalacic (audio) \ adjective

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