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[os-tee-oh-muh-ley-shuh, -shee-uh, -see-uh] /ˌɒs ti oʊ məˈleɪ ʃə, -ʃi ə, -si ə/
noun, Pathology.
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 of osteomalacia
1815-25; < New Latin; see osteo-, malacia
Related forms
osteomalacial, osteomalacic
[os-tee-oh-muh-las-ik] /ˌɒs ti oʊ məˈlæs ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for osteomalacic


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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osteomalacic in Medicine

osteomalacic os·te·o·ma·la·cic (ŏs'tē-ō-mə-lā'sĭk)
Of, relating to, or characterized by osteomalacia.

osteomalacia os·te·o·ma·la·cia (ŏs'tē-ō-mə-lā'shə, -shē-ə)
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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