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Definition of "rickets" [rick•ets]

  • A deficiency disease resulting from a lack of vitamin D or calcium and from insufficient exposure to sunlight, characterized by defective bone growth and occurring chiefly in children. Also called rachitis. (noun)

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Use "rickets" in a sentence
  • "The term rickets comes from the Old English word ..."
  • "Severe vitamin D deficiency characterized by low calcium in the blood or bone deformities known as rickets is now uncommon in most developed countries."
  • "Thus the disease known as rickets is in the old country marked in many cases by bending of the bones, giving rise to deformities of the limbs, &c. The"