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noun, plural: osteomalacias

The softening of bones due to defective bone mineralization.


This condition results from a deficiency in vitamin D or calcium, and mostly occurs in adult women. It is usually accompanied by pain, tenderness, muscular weakness, and anorexia. In children, this condition is known as rickets. Because of this, osteomalacia is often associated with adults.

Word origin: osteo refers to bone, and malacia means softness. Related forms: osteomalacial, osteomalacic (adjective).

Also called: malacosteon (obsolete).
Compare: osteopetrosis.
See also: osteoporosis.

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Benefits of vitamine D

Vitamin D is important for maintaining strong and healthy bones and protects against the rickets and osteomalacia (softening of the bones in adults caused by inability to properly deposit calcium). People who do not receive direct sunlight for at least 45 minutes per week ...

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Re: Rickets vs Osteoporosis

... rickets and osteoporosis? As both of them are caused by deficiency of Vitamin D. Thankyou Actually no... Vitamin D deficiency in adults causes osteomalacia... Rickets = Lack of vitamin D in childhood Oesteomalacia = Lack of vitamin D in adulthood Osteoporosis = Due to decreased levels of oestrogen ...

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Topic: Rickets vs Osteoporosis
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