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rickets

[ rik-its ]

noun

, Pathology.
  1. a disease of childhood, characterized by softening of the bones as a result of inadequate intake of vitamin D and insufficient exposure to sunlight, also associated with impaired calcium and phosphorus metabolism.


rickets

/ ˈrɪkɪts /

noun

  1. functioning as singular or plural pathol a disease mainly of children, characterized by softening of developing bone, and hence bow legs, malnutrition, and enlargement of the liver and spleen, caused by a deficiency of vitamin D


rickets

/ rĭkĭts /

  1. A bone disease seen mostly in children, caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, usually as a result of inadequate dietary intake or lack of exposure to sunlight. This deficiency causes decreased calcium absorption from the intestine and abnormalities in formation and mineralization of skeletal bone, resulting in defective bone growth and deformity.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of rickets1

First recorded in 1635–45; origin uncertain
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Word History and Origins

Origin of rickets1

C17: of unknown origin
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Example Sentences

Fischer has been endorsed by Sarah Palin and received big dollar donations from the Koch brothers and Joe Rickets.

It is of temporary duration, and usually clears up when the symptoms of rickets have been eradicated.

Rickets (a disease of the bones) often follows in the wake of faulty feeding and unhygienic surroundings.

His make-up was that of a man completely worn out—one afflicted with physical and moral rickets.

Rick′etly, shaky; Rick′ety, affected with rickets: feeble, unstable.

Then John, he's got the rickets, and is used to be fed and taken care of.

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