Rickets meaning

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A bone disease of children marked by bone demineralization and defective bone growth, caused usually by a deficiency of or an impaired metabolism of vitamin D.
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A bone disease of children marked by bone demineralization and defective bone growth, caused usually by a deficiency of or an impaired metabolism of vitamin D.
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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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(pathology) A disorder of infancy and early childhood caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, causing soft bones.
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A disease of the skeletal system, chiefly of children, resulting from vitamin D deficiency and characterized by a softening and, often, bending of the bones.
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Origin of rickets

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