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[ruh-kahy-tis] /rəˈkaɪ tɪs/
noun, Pathology.
Origin of rachitis
1720-30; < New Latin < Greek rhachîtis inflammation of the spine. See rachis, -itis
Related forms
[ruh-kit-ik] /rəˈkɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
postrachitic, adjective Unabridged
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  • He considers ringbone as articular, periarticular, rachitic and traumatic.

    Lameness of the Horse John Victor Lacroix
  • It is almost invariably bilateral, is of rachitic origin, and is frequently associated with bow-legs (Fig. 141).

  • The establishment of infant asylums for rachitic children is one of the most enlightened movements of the modern school.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • Practically the only exception is in the rachitic form of ringbone which affects young animals.

    Lameness of the Horse John Victor Lacroix
  • In young and rachitic animals outdoor exercise and a good nutritive ration for the subject are indicated.

    Lameness of the Horse John Victor Lacroix
  • As regards their situation, these asylums for rachitic children may be advantageously located upon the sea-coast.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • rachitic ringbone is frequently observed in some sections of the country and does not ordinarily cause much if any lameness.

    Lameness of the Horse John Victor Lacroix
  • But he suffered from hyperfecundity, and many of his intellectual children are anmic and rachitic.

    Idling in Italy Joseph Collins
  • It is unnecessary to give calcium directly, when a rachitic diet is observed.

    Valere Aude Louis Dechmann
  • The rachitic pelvis is well known to the obstetrician for the difficulties it gives rise to during parturition.

British Dictionary definitions for rachitic


(pathol) another name for rickets
Derived Forms
rachitic (rəˈkɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C18: New Latin, from Greek rhakitis; see rachis
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Word Origin and History for rachitic

1797, from rachitis (1727), medical Latin, from Late Greek rhakhitis (nosos) "rachitic disease, inflammation of the spine," from Greek rhakhis "spine, ridge, rib of a leaf" (see rachio-).

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rachitic in Medicine

rachitis ra·chi·tis (rə-kī'tĭs)
See rickets.

ra·chit'ic (-kĭt'ĭk) adj.
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