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View in Spanish: Raquitismo infantil

Infantile rickets (IN-fun-TILE RIH-kets)
A condition in children in which bones become soft and deformed because they don’t have enough calcium and phosphorus. It is caused by not having enough vitamin D in the diet or by not getting enough sunlight. In adults, this condition is called osteomalacia. Also called juvenile rickets, rachitis, and rickets.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.