[ muh-ley-shuh, -shee-uh, -see-uh ]
/ məˈleɪ ʃə, -ʃi ə, -si ə /

noun Pathology.

softening, or loss of consistency, of an organ or tissue.
an abnormal craving for highly spiced food.

Origin of malacia

1650–60; < New Latin < Greek malakía softness, tenderness, weakness. See malaco-, -ia

Related forms

mal·a·coid [mal-uh-koid] /ˈmæl əˌkɔɪd/, adjectivemal·a·cot·ic [mal-uh-kot-ik] /ˌmæl əˈkɒt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for malacia


/ (məˈleɪʃɪə) /


the pathological softening of an organ or tissue, such as bone
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Medicine definitions for malacia


[ mə-lāshə ]


A softening or loss of consistency in any of the organs or tissues.malacosis mollities
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