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From rachitis +‎ -ic.



rachitic (comparative more rachitic, superlative most rachitic)

  1. (medicine) Pertaining to or affected by rickets. [from 18th c.]
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 761:
      Nor was there time to do much more than distribute some sweet to the pallid rachitic children.
  2. Feeble, in a weak or precarious condition. [from 19th c.]
    • 1923, Aldous Huxley, Antic Hay:
      a tall, narrow-shouldered and rachitic house in a little obscure square.
    • December 8 1947, "FOREIGN EXCHANGE: Bold Gamble" Time Magazine
      nations with over-valued rachitic currencies
    • 1983 [1981], Crowley, John, “The Fairies' Parliment”, in Little, Big, Bantam Books, →ISBN, page 576:
      Even as he thought this he saw, leaping from the last stair of a rachitic escalator, down there, a blond girl in a blue dress, bright in the brown darkness.

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