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osteomalacia Line breaks: osteo|mal¦acia
Pronunciation: /ˌɒstɪəʊməˈleɪʃɪə/

Definition of osteomalacia in English:


[mass noun] Medicine
Softening of the bones, typically through a deficiency of vitamin D or calcium.
Example sentences
  • Osteoarthritis, osteomalacia, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and other arthritic conditions may increase the risk of problems originating from surgical positioning.
  • If blood levels of calcium fall then calcium is withdrawn from bone, resulting in osteomalacia and osteoporosis.
  • Vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone disease: osteomalacia in adults, rickets in infants and children.


Early 19th century: modern Latin, from osteo- 'bone' + Greek malakos 'soft'.



Pronunciation: /ˌɒstɪəʊməˈlasɪk/
Example sentences
  • A study on osteomalacic myopathy in women found that muscle strength returned to normal (except in maximal voluntary contraction) after six months' treatment.
  • Frank rickets or osteomalacic myopathy are only occasionally seen, usually in those already predisposed to metabolic bone disease.

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