osteomalacia

noun

os·​te·​o·​ma·​la·​cia ˌä-stē-ō-mə-ˈlā-sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce osteomalacia (audio)
: a disease of adults that is characterized by softening of the bones and is analogous to rickets in the young

Examples of osteomalacia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Osteoporosis causes weak bones that fracture easily.4 Similarly, a vitamin D deficiency may increase your risk of osteomalacia, which causes bone pain and weak muscles.5 Iron is another key nutrient. Isadora Baum, Health, 28 Mar. 2023 In children, a lack of vitamin D can cause rickets, a now-rare bone disease, according to Harvard Health Publishing, and adults without sufficient vitamin D can face bone diseases such as osteomalacia or osteoporosis. Jacob Livesay, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2023 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, 20 Aug. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of osteomalacia was in 1790

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Cite this Entry

“Osteomalacia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osteomalacia. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

osteomalacia

noun
os·​teo·​ma·​la·​cia ˌäs-tē-ō-mə-ˈlā-sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce osteomalacia (audio)
: a disease of adults that is characterized by softening of the bones and is analogous to rickets in the young
osteomalacic adjective

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