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rickets

Pronunciation: rik'ets

Definition: A disease attributable to vitamin D deficiency, and characterized by overproduction and deficient calcification of osteoid tissue, with associated skeletal deformities, disturbances in growth, hypocalcemia, and sometimes tetany; usually accompanied by irritability, listlessness, and generalized muscular weakness; fractures are frequent.

Synonym(s): infantile osteomalacia, juvenile osteomalacia, rachitis

[E. wrick, to twist]

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