rickets

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Unknown. Originally a local name for the disease in Dorset and Somerset, England. Occasionally postulated to be derived from a Dorsetian dialectical term *rucket (to breathe with difficulty, wheeze), but the semantic connection is tenuous. See rachitis.

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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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