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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
From New Latin, dating back to 1815-25; See origin at 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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