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[muh-ley-shuh, -shee-uh, -see-uh]
noun Pathology.
  1. softening, or loss of consistency, of an organ or tissue.
  2. an abnormal craving for highly spiced food.
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Origin of malacia

1650–60; < New Latin < Greek malakía softness, tenderness, weakness. See malaco-, -ia
Related formsmal·a·coid [mal-uh-koid] /ˈmæl əˌkɔɪd/, adjectivemal·a·cot·ic [mal-uh-kot-ik] /ˌmæl əˈkɒt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for malacia


  1. the pathological softening of an organ or tissue, such as bone
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Word Origin and History for malacia


from Latin malacia "a calm at sea," from Greek malakia "softness, delicacy, effeminacy," from malakos "soft" (see mallet).

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malacia in Medicine


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