osteomalacia(redirected from late rickets)
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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.
(Pathology) a disease in adults characterized by softening of the bones, resulting from a deficiency of vitamin D and of calcium and phosphorus
[C19: from New Latin, from osteo- + Greek malakia softness]
ˌosteomaˈlacial, osteomalacic adj
os•te•o•ma•la•cia(ˌɒs ti oʊ məˈleɪ ʃə, -ʃi ə)
a condition characterized by softening of the bones with resultant pain, weakness, and bone fragility.
softening of the bones resulting from malnutrition and the consequent loss of essential salts from the bones.See also: Bones
A group of disorders caused by lack of vitamin D. With insufficient minerals, bones soften and weaken. Weightbearing bones may bend or fracture.