malacoid

malacia

[muh-ley-shuh, -shee-uh, -see-uh]
noun Pathology.
1.
softening, or loss of consistency, of an organ or tissue.
2.
an abnormal craving for highly spiced food.

Origin:
1650–60; < Neo-Latin < Greek malakía softness, tenderness, weakness. See malaco-, -ia

malacoid [mal-uh-koid] , adjective
malacotic [mal-uh-kot-ik] , adjective
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malacia (məˈleɪʃɪə)
 
n
the pathological softening of an organ or tissue, such as bone

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malacia
from L. malacia, from Gk. malakia "softness," from malakes "soft."
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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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