Osteomalacia definition

ŏstē-ō-mə-lāshə, -shē-ə
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.
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A bone disease characterized by a softening of the bones, resulting from deficient bone calcification.
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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.
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(medicine) A softening of adult bones due to inadequate mineralization; the adult equivalent of rickets.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
osteomalacia
Plural:
osteomalacias

Origin of osteomalacia

  • New Latin osteo– Greek malakiā softness (from malakos soft mel-1 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • osteo- +"Ž malacia

    From Wiktionary