Rickets
Rickets Rick"ets, n. pl. [Of uncertain origin; but cf. AS. wrigian to bend, D. wrikken to shake, E. wriggle.] (Med.) A disease which affects children, and which is characterized by a bulky head, crooked spine and limbs, depressed ribs, enlarged and spongy articular epiphyses, tumid abdomen, and short stature, together with clear and often premature mental faculties. The essential cause of the disease appears to be the nondeposition of earthy salts in the osteoid tissues. Children afflicted with this malady stand and walk unsteadily. Called also {rachitis}. [1913 Webster]

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  • rickets — disease caused by vitamin D deficiency, 1630s, of uncertain origin. Originally a local name for the disease in Dorset and Somerset, England. Some derive it from a Dorset word, rucket to breathe with difficulty, but the sense connection is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • rickets — ► NOUN (treated as sing. or pl. ) ▪ a disease of children caused by vitamin D deficiency, characterized by softening and distortion of the bones. ORIGIN perhaps an alteration of Greek rhakhitis rickets …   English terms dictionary

  • rickets — rickets. См. гиповитаминоз D. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • rickets — [rik′its] n. [altered < ? Gr rhachitis,RACHITIS] a disease of the skeletal system, chiefly of children, resulting from absence of the normal effect of vitamin D in depositing calcium salts in the bone, and characterized by a softening and,… …   English World dictionary

  • Rickets — Infobox Disease Name = Rickets ICD10 = ICD10|E|55| |e|50 ICD9 = ICD9|268 Caption = A family with rickets. Paris, 1900. DiseasesDB = 9351 eMedicineSubj = ped eMedicineTopic = 2014 MedlinePlus = 000344 MeshName = Rickets MeshNumber = D012279Rickets …   Wikipedia

  • Rickets — A disease of infants and children that disturbs normal bone formation (ossification). Rickets is a failure to mineralize bone. This softens bone (producing osteomalacia) and permits marked bending and distortion of bones. Up through the first… …   Medical dictionary

  • rickets — /rik its/, n. Pathol. a disease of childhood, characterized by softening of the bones as a result of inadequate intake of vitamin D and insufficient exposure to sunlight, also associated with impaired calcium and phosphorus metabolism. [1635 45;… …   Universalium

  • rickets — n. a disease of childhood in which the bones do not harden due to a deficiency of vitamin D. Without vitamin D, not enough calcium salts are deposited in the bones to make them rigid: consequently they become soft and malformed. This is… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • rickets — [[t]rɪ̱kɪts[/t]] N UNCOUNT Rickets is a disease that children can get when their food does not contain enough Vitamin D. It makes their bones soft and causes their liver and spleen to become too large …   English dictionary

  • rickets — noun plural but singular in construction Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1634 a deficiency disease that affects the young during the period of skeletal growth, is characterized especially by soft and deformed bones, and is caused by failure to… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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