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osteomalacia

[ os-tee-oh-muh-ley-shuh, -shee-uh, -see-uh ]

noun

, Pathology.
  1. a condition characterized by softening of the bones with resultant pain, weakness, and bone fragility, caused by inadequate deposition of calcium or vitamin D.


osteomalacia

/ ˌɒstɪəʊməˈleɪʃɪə; ˌɒstɪəʊməˈlæsɪk /

noun

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


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Derived Forms

  • ˌosteomaˈlacial, adjective

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Other Words From

  • oste·o·ma·lacial os·te·o·ma·lac·ic [os-tee-oh-m, uh, -, las, -ik], adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of osteomalacia1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of osteomalacia1

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

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Example Sentences

Mr. V. Canyre spoke about softening the bones of ideas (osteomalacia), against which such a propaganda must work in the school.

In osteomalacia and in the absorption of bone the mucous degeneration of the bone-cartilage plays an important part.

Osteogenesis imperfecta and osteomalacia are disorders of dietetic or metabolic origin characterized by fragility of the bones.

Degeneration of the bone tissue: Rickets, Osteomalacia and similar diseases.

Osteomalacia is an acquired disease which causes marked softening and changes in the bones.

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