Definition of Osteomalacia
Osteomalacia: Softening of bone, particularly in the sense of bone weakened by demineralization (the loss of mineral) and most notably by the depletion of calcium from bone.
The treatment of osteomalacia is by dietary change. Hormone supplements may also be helpful for post-menopausal women.
From the Greek osteo- (bone) + malakia (softness) = softness of bone.
Last Editorial Review: 4/27/2011 5:27:15 PM
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