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malacia

 [mal-la´she-ah]
softening of a part or tissue related to a disease or other abnormal condition.
tracheal malacia tracheomalacia.
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softening

(sof'en-ing)
The process of becoming soft. Synonym: malacia

softening of bones

Osteomalacia.

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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