[os-tee-oh-muh-ley-shuh, -shee-uh, -see-uh]
- 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
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Degeneration of the bone tissue: Rickets, Osteomalacia and similar diseases.Valere Aude
Osteogenesis imperfecta and osteomalacia are disorders of dietetic or metabolic origin characterized by fragility of the bones.Scurvy Past and Present
Alfred Fabian Hess
Osteomalacia is an acquired disease which causes marked softening and changes in the bones.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry
Mr. V. Canyre spoke about softening the bones of ideas (osteomalacia), against which such a propaganda must work in the school.The Future Belongs to the People
In osteomalacia and in the absorption of bone the mucous degeneration of the bone-cartilage plays an important part.
- a disease in adults characterized by softening of the bones, resulting from a deficiency of vitamin D and of calcium and phosphorus
C19: from New Latin, from osteo- + Greek malakia softness
- A bone disease characterized by bone demineralization due to deficiency or impaired metabolism of vitamin D or phosphates. adult rickets late rickets
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