[muh-ley-shuh, -shee-uh, -see-uh]
- softening, or loss of consistency, of an organ or tissue.
- an abnormal craving for highly spiced food.
Origin of malacia
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- the pathological softening of an organ or tissue, such as bone
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from Latin malacia "a calm at sea," from Greek malakia "softness, delicacy, effeminacy," from malakos "soft" (see mallet).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to or characterized by malacia.
- A softening or loss of consistency in any of the organs or tissues.malacosis mollities
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