a bone disease characterized by a softening of the bones, resulting from deficient bone calcification
Origin of osteomalaciaModern Latin from osteo- + malacia, a softening of tissue from Classical Greek malakia, softness from malakos, soft: see malaco-
A bone disease in adults analogous to rickets in children, marked by bone demineralization caused by impaired metabolism or deficiency of vitamin D or phosphorus.
Origin of osteomalaciaNew Latin osteo- Greek malakiā softness ( from malakos soft ; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.)
osteo- +"Ž malacia