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    What is osteomalacia?

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    Osteomalacia is a generalized bone condition in which there is inadequate mineralization of the bone. Many of the effects of the disease overlap with the more common osteoporosis, but the two diseases are significantly different. There are two main causes of osteomalacia:
    (1) insufficient calcium absorption from the intestine because of lack of dietary calcium or a deficiency of or resistance to the action of vitamin D; and
    (2) phosphate deficiency caused by increased renal losses.
    Osteomalacia is derived from Greek: osteo- which means “bone”, and malacia which means “softness”. In the past, the disease was also known as malacosteon and its Latin-derived equivalent, mollities ossium

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