rickets

noun, plural in form but singular in construction rick·ets \ ˈri-kəts \

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 and Etymology of rickets

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RICKETS Defined for English Language Learners

rickets

noun

Definition of rickets for English Language Learners

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


RICKETS Defined for Kids

rickets

noun rick·ets \ ˈri-kəts \

Definition of rickets for Students

:a disease especially of children in which the bones are soft and deformed and which is caused by lack of vitamin D

Medical Dictionary

rickets

noun plural but singular in construction rick·ets \ ˈrik-əts \

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; see osteomalacia

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