[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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- 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
- Of, relating to, or characterized by osteomalacia.
- A bone disease characterized by bone demineralization due to deficiency or impaired metabolism of vitamin D or phosphates. adult rickets late rickets