1. [syn: rickets, rachitis]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rickets \Rick"ets\, n. 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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: childhood disease caused by deficiency of vitamin D and
sunlight associated with impaired metabolism of calcium and
phosphorus [syn: rickets, rachitis]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
25 Moby Thesaurus words for "rickets":
Lombardy leprosy, anemia, ariboflavinosis, beriberi, cachexia,
chlorosis, deficiency anemia, dermatitis, goiter, greensickness,
keratomalacia, kwashiorkor, maidism, malnutrition, night blindness,
osteomalacia, osteoporosis, pellagra, pernicious anemia,
protein deficiency, rachitis, scurvy, struma, vitamin deficiency,