Definition of rickets in English:

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rickets

Pronunciation: /ˈrikits/

noun

[treated as singular or plural] Medicine
A disease of children caused by vitamin D deficiency, characterized by imperfect calcification, softening, and distortion of the bones typically resulting in bow legs.
Example sentences
  • To absorb calcium, the body needs adequate vitamin D. Lack of either can cause bone diseases such as rickets in children and osteoporosis in older people.
  • Its founder, Joseph Pilates, was born in Dusseldorf in 1880 and despite being a rather sickly child who suffered from rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever, he lived to the age of 87.
  • Exclusively breastfed infants are at increased risk of vitamin D deficiency and rickets.

Origin

Mid 17th century: perhaps an alteration of Greek rhakhitis (see rachitis).

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Syllabification: rick·ets

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