NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,466 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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osteomalacia
(OS-tee-oh-muh-LAY-shuh)
A condition in adults in which bones become soft and deformed because they don’t have enough calcium and phosphorus. It is usually caused by not having enough vitamin D in the diet, not getting enough sunlight, or a problem with the way the body uses vitamin D. Symptoms include bone pain and muscle weakness. When the condition occurs in children, it is called rickets. Also called adult rickets.