from Latin malacia "a calm at sea," from Greek malakia "softness, delicacy, effeminacy," from malakos "soft" (see mallet).
malacotic mal·a·cot·ic (māl'ə-kŏt'ĭk)adj. Relating to or characterized by malacia.
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.