American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A deficiency disease resulting from a lack of vitamin D or calcium and from insufficient exposure to sunlight, characterized by defective bone growth and occurring chiefly in children. Also called rachitis.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. pathology A disorder of infancy and early childhood caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, causing soft bones.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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
- n. childhood disease caused by deficiency of vitamin D and sunlight associated with impaired metabolism of calcium and phosphorus
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term rickets comes from the Old English word ...”
“Severe vitamin D deficiency characterized by low calcium in the blood or bone deformities known as rickets is now uncommon in most developed countries.”
“Thus the disease known as rickets is in the old country marked in many cases by bending of the bones, giving rise to deformities of the limbs, &c. The”
“An expert concluded that Ndigo, who was 19 months old, died of “respiratory and cardiac arrest … as a result of rickets, which is brought on by neglect and malnourishment,” authorities said.”
“Thus the disease known as rickets is in the old country marked in many cases by bending of the bones, giving rise to deformities of the limbs, &c. The Australian type of the disorder, however, is milder altogether, and is of a different character.”
“Its absence in the system causes a disease called rickets, in which, from all lack of lime, the bones of the child become soft and yielding.”
“THERE is a disease of infants (and an infant disease, having scarcely as yet gotten a proper name in Latin) called the rickets; wherein the head waxeth too great, whilst the legs and lower parts wain too little.”
“Pray, Mrs. B., does not the disease in the bones of children, called the rickets, proceed from a deficiency of phosphat of lime?”
“Lack of vitamin D may lead to a condition called rickets, especially in children, in which bones and teeth are weak," explains White.”
“Low levels of vitamin D are associated with rickets, which is a condition of weakened deformed bones.”
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