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osteomalacia

[os-tee-oh-muh-ley-shuh, -shee-uh, -see-uh] /ˌɒs ti oʊ məˈleɪ ʃə, -ʃi ə, -si ə/
noun, Pathology
1.
a condition characterized by softening of the bones with resultant pain, weakness, and bone fragility, caused by inadequate deposition of calcium or vitamin D.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < Neo-Latin; see osteo-, malacia
Related forms
osteomalacial, osteomalacic
[os-tee-oh-muh-las-ik] /ˌɒs ti oʊ məˈlæs ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for osteomalacia

osteomalacia

/ˌɒstɪəʊməˈleɪʃɪə/
noun
1.
a disease in adults characterized by softening of the bones, resulting from a deficiency of vitamin D and of calcium and phosphorus
Derived Forms
osteomalacial, osteomalacic (ˌɒstɪəʊməˈlæsɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from osteo- + Greek malakia softness
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osteomalacia in Medicine

osteomalacia os·te·o·ma·la·cia (ŏs'tē-ō-mə-lā'shə, -shē-ə)
n.
A disease occurring primarily in adults that results from a deficiency in vitamin D or calcium and is characterized by a softening of the bones with accompanying pain and weakness. Also called adult rickets, late rickets.

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Encyclopedia Article for osteomalacia

condition in which the bones of an adult progressively soften because of inadequate mineralization of the bone. (In children the condition is called rickets.) Osteomalacia may occur after several pregnancies or in old age, resulting in increased susceptibility to fractures. Symptoms include bone pain, weakness, numbness of the extremities, and spasms of the hands or feet

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