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[New Latin rachītis, inflammation of the spine (adopted because of its similarity in sound to rickets), from Late Greek rhakhītis : Greek rhakhis, spine + Greek -ītis, -itis.]
ra·chit′ic (-kĭt′ĭk) adj.
(Pathology) pathol another name for rickets
[C18: New Latin, from Greek rhakitis; see rachis]
(used with a sing. v.) a childhood disease in which the bones soften from an inadequate intake of vitamin D and insufficient exposure to sunlight.
[1635–45; orig. uncertain]
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|Noun||1.||rachitis - inflammation of the vertebral column|
|2.||rachitis - childhood disease caused by deficiency of vitamin D and sunlight associated with impaired metabolism of calcium and phosphorus|