osteomalacia (os´te-o-ma-la´she-a)

A disease characterized by a gradual softening and bending of the bones with varying severity of pain; softening occurs because the bones contain osteoid tissue which has failed to calcify due to lack of vitamin D or renal tubular dysfunction; more common in women than in men, o. often begins during pregnancy.adult rickets, late rickets, rachitis tarda; [osteo- + G. malakia, softness]
infantile o. , juvenile o. rickets
senile o. osteoporosis in the aged.


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