Meaning of RICKETS in English

RICKETS

ˈrikə̇ts noun plural but singular in construction

Etymology: origin unknown

1. : a nutritional disturbance affecting the young of animals and man characterized by defective nutrition of the entire body and especially faulty ossification of bone due to defective deposition and utilization of minerals (as calcium and phosphorus) owing to inadequate exposure to sunlight or deficient intake of vitamin D

2. : osteomalacia

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