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Webster 1913 Edition


Rickets

Rick′ets

,
Noun.
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
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Rickets

RICK'ETS

,
Noun.
[In technical language, rachitis, Gr. from back or spine, Eng. rack, applied to the neck piece of meat. See Rack and Ridge.]
A disease which affects children, and in which the joints become knotted, and the legs and spine grow crooked. As the child advances in life, the head is enlarged, the thorax is compressed on the sides, and the sternum rises.

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rickets

rickets

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Noun

rickets (uncountable)

  1. (pathology) A disorder of infancy and early childhood caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, causing soft bones.

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