• WordNet 3.6
    • n rickets childhood disease caused by deficiency of vitamin D and sunlight associated with impaired metabolism of calcium and phosphorus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: O.J. Simpson had a severe case of rickets and wore leg braces when he was a child
    • n. pl Rickets (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rickets A disease, technically called rachitis. See rachitis, .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.sing Rickets rik′ets a disease of children, characterised by softness and curvature of the bones
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of uncertain origin; but cf. AS. wrigian, to bend, D. wrikken, to shake, E. wriggle,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From M. E. wrikken, to twist, allied to A.S. wringan, to twist. The medical term rachitis was coined about 1650, with a punning allusion to Gr. rhachis, the spine.


In literature:

Rachitis or rickets is not a disease of adult life, but of infancy and childhood, and never occurs after the age of puberty.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Evidences of tuberculosis, rickets and syphilis, according to these authors, have not been found.
"The Evolution of Modern Medicine" by William Osler
Early rickets, I think, had been succeeded by the St. Vitus' dance.
"Saunterings" by Charles Dudley Warner
It would give me the rickets to ride in it long.
"Cousin Maude" by Mary J. Holmes
Did I ever tell you that story about the slide in Rickets Gulch?
"Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete" by Winston Churchill
I've got the rickets.
"The Trimmed Lamp" by O. Henry
Jim Rickets, who had life all his own way, was none other than Stephen A. Douglas, the easily successful.
"The Crisis, Complete" by Winston Churchill
A common cause of late sitting, standing, or walking is rickets.
"The Care and Feeding of Children" by L. Emmett Holt
In the same way rickets is more serious and more widely prevalent.
"The Economic Consequences of the Peace" by John Maynard Keynes
Want of light stops growth, and promotes scrofula, rickets, &c., among the children.
"Notes on Nursing" by Florence Nightingale
They are believed to occur more frequently in those who have suffered from rickets.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
The shin bones are apt to be bowed forward, not sideways, as in rickets.
"The Third Great Plague" by John H. Stokes
Rickets is a disease peculiar to childhood, though it may not be developed until a more advanced period of life.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Yes, indeed, that girl will be getting spine complaint, or the rickets.
"Girlhood and Womanhood" by Sarah Tytler
He felt that she thought he was silly or had the rickets.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
Rickets, during infancy, is the most common cause of spinal curvature.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
Tuberculosis and rickets carried on their evil work unchecked.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
This disease is familiarly known by the name of rickets.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Those accustomed to dogs have seen cases of rickets.
"Hunting Dogs" by Oliver Hartley
A porter who suffered from rickets put in his head.
"Mrs. Fitz" by J. C. Snaith

In poetry:

Once I was a twister, just like you
Had rickets, false teeth and no hair
Do you remember when first we met
You do? You're a liar, Devil-May-Care.
"Devil May Not Care" by Billy Bennett
My spirit gorged, I'll bang the table with my strong fist,
Searching for a little brightness from these gloomy days-
Take no more you soft touch! Liberty! May the vile twists
Of my ricketed brats in the garret rot away.
"The Saturday Night Song" by Julian Tuwim

In news:

Time was, vitamins were used mostly in hospital wards to treat malnourishment: vitamin B3 for pellagra, vitamin C for scurvy, vitamin D for rickets.
(HealthDay News) — Rickets is a condition caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, calcium or phosphorus.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says common warning signs of rickets include.
Ye olde Yuba County could be home in coming years to a living history lesson meant to be highly authentic, though stopping short of rickets and sword stabbings.
New research shows benefits beyond rickets prevention and calcium absorption.

In science:

In fact, the limited research that has been done in error recognition suggests that people are poor at recognizing even serious errors [Klein, Goodhue, & Davis, 1997; Rickets, 1990].
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