late rickets


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os·te·o·ma·la·ci·a

(os'tē-ō-mă-lā'shē-ă),
A disease in adults characterized by a gradual softening and bending of the bones with varying severity of pain; softening occurs because the bones contain osteoid tissue that has failed to calcify because of lack of vitamin D or renal tubular dysfunction; more common in women than in men, osteomalacia often begins during pregnancy.
[osteo- + G. malakia, softness]

late rickets

Etymology: Gk, rhachis, backbone
a form of rickets in which bone changes because of a kidney defect that results in a vitamin D or calcium deficiency. The disorder tends to affect older children.

os·te·o·ma·la·ci·a

(os'tē-ō-mă-lā'shē-ă)
A disease characterized by a gradual softening and bending of the bones with varying severity of pain; softening occurs because the bones contain osteoid tissue which has failed to calcify due to lack of vitamin D or renal tubular dysfunction.
Synonym(s): adult rickets, late rickets.
[osteo- + G. malakia, softness]

late rickets

Rickets that has its onset in older children.
See also: rickets