softening of bones

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softening of bones

[sô′fəning, sof′əning]
Etymology: AS, softe + ban
any disease that results in a loss of the mineral content of the bones. See also osteomalacia.


The process of becoming soft. Synonym: malacia

softening of bones


softening of brain

See: encephalomalacia

white softening

The stage of softening of tissue in which the affected area has become white and anemic.
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Rickets is the softening of bones and is caused by a lack of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium.
Insufficient testosterone can lead to a softening of bones, hot flashes, lethargy, and a waning interest in sex.
Vitamin D may also not be absorbed well, and because it promotes calcium absorption, this can lead to further softening of bones.