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osteomalacia

[ os-tee-oh-muh-ley-shuh, -shee-uh, -see-uh ]
/ ˌɒs ti oʊ məˈleɪ ʃə, -ʃi ə, -si ə /
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noun Pathology.
a condition characterized by softening of the bones with resultant pain, weakness, and bone fragility, caused by inadequate deposition of calcium or vitamin D.
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Origin of osteomalacia

From New Latin, dating back to 1815–25; see origin at osteo-, malacia

OTHER WORDS FROM osteomalacia

os·te·o·ma·la·cial, os·te·o·ma·lac·ic [os-tee-oh-muh-las-ik], /ˌɒs ti oʊ məˈlæs ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for osteomalacia

osteomalacia
/ (ˌɒstɪəʊməˈleɪʃɪə) /

noun
a disease in adults characterized by softening of the bones, resulting from a deficiency of vitamin D and of calcium and phosphorus

Derived forms of osteomalacia

osteomalacial or osteomalacic (ˌɒstɪəʊməˈlæsɪk), adjective

Word Origin for osteomalacia

C19: from New Latin, from osteo- + Greek malakia softness
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