Definitions of rickets

  1. childhood disease caused by deficiency of vitamin D and sunlight associated with impaired metabolism of calcium and phosphorus
  2. 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.
  3. A condition caused by deficiency of VITAMIN D, especially in infancy and childhood, with disturbance of normal ossification. The disease is marked by bending and distortion of the bones under muscular action, by the formation of nodular enlargements on the ends and sides of the bones, by delayed closure of the fontanels, pain in the muscles, and sweating of the head. Vitamin D and sunlight together with an adequate diet are curative, provided that the parathyroid glands are functioning properly. ( Dorland, 27th ed)
  4. A child's disease affecting the bones.
  5. Rachitis, a disease, occurring in infants and young children; it is characterized by softening of the bones, enlargement of the liver and spleen, malnutrition, profuse sweating, and general tenderness of the body when touched.
  6. Disease of the spine, beginning in childhood, in which portion of it becomes humped.
  7. Sing. a disease of children, characterized by softness and curvature of the bones.
  8. Sing. Disease of children marked by softness of the bones.
  9. A disease of childhood, marked by softening of the bones.
  10. A disease of children, characterized by bodily distortion, due to a weakness in the bones.
  11. A diseased state of the bones in infancy and childhood, resulting in general debility.

Usage examples for rickets

  1. A case of rickets requires great patience and steady perseverance; let, therefore, the above plan have a fair and long- continued trial, and I can then promise that there will be every probability that great benefit will be derived from it. – Advice to a Mother on the Management of her Children by Pye Henry Chavasse
  2. 3. Deformities acquired after birth arise from widely different causes, of which diseases of bone, including rickets, diseases of joints, and affections of the nervous system attended with paralysis, are amongst the commonest. – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  3. Where these natural conditions are lacking, as in the crowded districts of cities, children often suffer from a disease known as " rickets," on account of which their bones are unnaturally soft and easily bent. – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.
  4. More than one- third of the children of the working classes in London have some sort of mental or physical defect; defects in development; defects of eyesight; abnormal nervousness; rickets, and mental dullness. – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  5. But drug therapy was not always as simple as that recommended for rickets, although the evidence is that in Virginia the high cost of importing the rarer substances inclined local physicians toward the less elaborate compounds. – Medicine in Virginia, 1607-1699 by Thomas P. Hughes
  6. Older children were also present, suffering from eye and ear trouble, epilepsy, rickets, any one of the ailments, grave or slight, to which growing life is subjected. – The Practice of Autosuggestion by C. Harry Brooks
  7. " A conserve of these buds," said Dr. Short of Sheffield, 1746, " is a specific in the rickets; and the roots stamped in water or gin till the liquor becometh a stiff mucilage, has cured many most deplorable pains of the back, that have confined the distracted sufferers close to bed for several weeks." – Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure by William Thomas Fernie
  8. The prevention and treatment of rickets consists essentially in the improvement of the digestion and general health; hence sunshine, open air, exercise, nourishing food, and tonics are indicated. – Special Report on Diseases of Cattle by U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler
  9. The child should be treated for rickets, and put up in a double long splint with the limbs abducted and inverted. – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  10. In a few minutes Pauline had discovered that the fitter was supporting her deceased sister's husband and six children, the eldest of whom wasn't quite right and the youngest had rickets. – The Professional Aunt by Mary C.E. Wemyss
  11. Rickets generally begins to show itself between the first and second years of a child's life. – Advice to a Mother on the Management of her Children by Pye Henry Chavasse
  12. It's summat like rickets. – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  13. Can it be wondered at, when there is so much poor and nasty milk in England, that rickets in one shape or another is so prevalent? – Advice to a Mother on the Management of her Children by Pye Henry Chavasse
  14. A predisposition toward rickets, and injuries, may be prevented by feeding a proper ration, and permitting the animal to take exercise. – Common Diseases of Farm Animals by R. A. Craig, D. V. M.
  15. Did I ever tell you that story about the slide in Rickets Gulch? – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  16. The Excess of the Food last received impairs the Concoction of the Quantity, that was really necessary: which, being badly digested, is so far from yielding any Nourishment to the Infant, that it weakens it, and proves a Source of Diseases, and concurs to produce Obstructions, Rickets, the Evil, slow Fevers, a Consumption and Death. – Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
  17. The bowed legs of an adult are of an entirely different origin, resulting from a disturbance of nutrition in infancy called rickets. – The Prospective Mother A Handbook for Women During Pregnancy by J. Morris Slemons
  18. But there was only one who had any chance of getting her, and his name was Jim Rickets. – The Crisis, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 6, 2009
  19. If it is too soft, it may give his child rickets. – The Pleasures of Ignorance by Robert Lynd
  20. He knew he wasn't in any way fit for Sue, and he liked pears about as well as Jim Rickets. – The Crisis, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 6, 2009