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malacia

[muh-ley-shuh, -shee-uh, -see-uh] /məˈleɪ ʃə, -ʃi ə, -si ə/
noun, Pathology
1.
softening, or loss of consistency, of an organ or tissue.
2.
an abnormal craving for highly spiced food.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Neo-Latin < Greek malakía softness, tenderness, weakness. See malaco-, -ia
Related forms
malacoid
[mal-uh-koid] /ˈmæl əˌkɔɪd/ (Show IPA),
adjective
malacotic
[mal-uh-kot-ik] /ˌmæl əˈkɒt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for malacia

malacia

/məˈleɪʃɪə/
noun
1.
the pathological softening of an organ or tissue, such as bone
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Word Origin and History for malacia
n.

from Latin malacia "a calm at sea," from Greek malakia "softness, delicacy, effeminacy," from malakos "soft" (see mallet).

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malacia in Medicine

malacia ma·la·ci·a (mə-lā'shē-ə, -shə)
n.
A softening or loss of consistency in any of the organs or tissues. Also called malacosis, mollities.

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