Definition of Osteomalacia

1. Noun. Abnormal softening of bones caused by deficiencies of phosphorus or calcium or vitamin D.

Generic synonyms: Malacia
Terms within: Demineralisation, Demineralization



Definition of Osteomalacia

1. n. A disease of the bones, in which they lose their earthy material, and become soft, flexible, and distorted. Also called malacia.

Definition of Osteomalacia

1. Noun. (medicine) A softening of adult bones due to inadequate mineralization; the adult equivalent of rickets ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Osteomalacia

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Medical Definition of Osteomalacia

1. A condition marked by softening of the bones (due to impaired mineralisation, with excess accumulation of osteoid), with pain, tenderness, muscular weakness, anorexia and loss of weight, resulting from deficiency of vitamin D and calcium. Origin: Gr. Malakia = softness This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Osteomalacia

osteolites
osteologer
osteologers
osteologia
osteologic
osteological
osteologically
osteologies
osteologist
osteologists
osteology
osteolysis
osteolytic
osteoma
osteoma medullare
osteomalacia (current term)
osteomalacias
osteomalacic
osteomancy
osteomanty
osteomas
osteomata
osteomatoid
osteomere
osteometry
osteomodulin
osteomyelitides
osteomyelitis
osteomyelitises

Literary usage of Osteomalacia

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1893)
"Treatment of osteomalacia.—Steinberg, in an exhaustive paper on the treatment of osteomalacia, calls attention to the value of phosphorus. ..."

2. The Diseases of Children: A Work for the Practising Physician by Meinhard von Pfaundler, Arthur Schlossmann, Henry Larned Keith Shaw, Linnæus Edford La Fétra (1908)
"The causes of rachitis and of osteomalacia are without doubt distinct. ... osteomalacia. ical processes in the bone are, however, in a manner the same. ..."

3. Obstetrics: a text-book for the use of students and practitioners by John Whitridge Williams (1904)
"osteomalacia Pelves.—Inasmuch as osteomalacia gives rise to the most marked pelvic deformities ... Nature and Clinical History of osteomalacia.—osteomalacia ..."

4. A Text-book of Practical Medicine: With Particular Reference to Physiology by Felix von Niemeyer (1883)
"osteomalacia. ETIOLOGY.—In osteomalacia, bones which have been hard become soft from reabsorption of the salts of lime, to which they owed their hardness. ..."

5. Text-book of Meat Hygiene: With Special Consideration to Ante-mortem and by Richard Heinrich Edelmann, John Robbins Mohler (1908)
"According to the observations of Klimmer and Schmidt, animals affected with osteomalacia ought only rarely to be passed without restriction. ..."

6. A Text-book of practical medicine v. 2: With Particular Reference to by Felix von Niemeyer (1874)
"osteomalacia. ETIOLOGY.—In osteomalacia, bone's which have been hard become soft from reabsorption of the salts of lime, to which they owed their hardness. ..."

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