chondromalacia


chondromalacia
Softening of any cartilage. [chondro- + G. malakia, softness]
- c. fetalis an intrauterine form of c. in which the fetus is born dead with soft pliable limbs.
- generalized c. SYN: relapsing polychondritis.
- c. of larynx the presence of soft laryngeal cartilage, most often seen in epiglottis of young children. SYN: laryngomalacia.
- c. pate′llae a softening of the articular cartilage of the patella; may cause patellalgia.
- systemic c. SYN: relapsing polychondritis.

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chon·dro·ma·la·cia .kän-drō-mə-'lā-sh(ē-)ə n abnormal softness of cartilage

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n.
softening, inflammation, and degeneration of cartilage at a joint. Chondromalacia patellae is the most common kind, affecting the undersurface of the kneecap; it results in pain in the front of the knee and grating, which is made worse by kneeling, squatting, and climbing stairs. Treatment is physiotherapy and avoidance of aggravating factors.

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chon·dro·ma·la·cia (kon″dro-mə-laґshə) [chondro- + -malacia] softening of the articular cartilage, most frequently in the patella.

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  • Chondromalacia patellae — Klassifikation nach ICD 10 M22.4 Chondropathia patellae …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • chondromalacia fetalis — a condition in which the limbs of the stillborn fetus are soft and pliable due to softening of the epiphyseal cartilage …   Medical dictionary

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