[muh-ley-shuh, -shee-uh, -see-uh] /məˈleɪ ʃə, -ʃi ə, -si ə/
softening, or loss of consistency, of an organ or tissue.
an abnormal craving for highly spiced food.
the pathological softening of an organ or tissue, such as bone
from Latin malacia “a calm at sea,” from Greek malakia “softness, delicacy, effeminacy,” from malakos “soft” (see mallet).
malacotic mal·a·cot·ic (māl’ə-kŏt’ĭk)
Relating to or characterized by malacia.
malacia ma·la·ci·a (mə-lā’shē-ə, -shə)
A softening or loss of consistency in any of the organs or tissues. Also called malacosis, mollities.
[mal-ad-uh p-tey-shuh n] /ˌmæl æd əpˈteɪ ʃən/ noun 1. incomplete, inadequate, or faulty . n. 1829, from mal- + adaptation.
[mal-uh-dap-tid] /ˌmæl əˈdæp tɪd/ adjective 1. poorly suited or adapted to a particular condition or set of circumstances: maladapted to the demands of modern society.
[mal-uh-dap-tiv] /ˌmæl əˈdæp tɪv/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or characterized by or incomplete, inadequate, or faulty adaptation: The maladaptive behavior of isolated children was difficult to change. /ˌmæləˈdæptɪv/ adjective 1. unsuitably adapted or adapting poorly to (a situation, purpose, etc) 2. not encouraging adaptation adj. 1912, from mal- + adaptive (see adapt).
/ˌmæləˈdrɛs/ noun 1. awkwardness; tactlessness