Definition of rickets noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

rickets

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈrɪkɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪkɪts//
 
[uncountable] Poverty and famine
 
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a disease of children caused by a lack of good food that makes the bones become soft and badly formed, especially in the legs See related entries: Poverty and famine Word Origin mid 17th cent.: perhaps an alteration of Greek rhakhitis, from rhakhis ‘spine’.
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