Definition of malacia in English:

malacia

noun

Medicine
  • 1Abnormal craving for certain kinds of food. Formerly also: †queasiness, nausea (obsolete). Now chiefly historical.

  • 2Abnormal softening or loss of density of a tissue or organ, now especially of the brain, spinal cord, or tracheobronchial cartilage.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blount (1618–1679), antiquary and lexicographer. In sense 1 from classical Latin malacia a disorder of the stomach, especially as experienced by pregnant women (glossed by Oxf. Lat. Dict as ‘sickness, nausea’ but interpreted by earlier authors as denoting a craving for unusual or unnatural foods) from ancient Greek μαλακία softness, homosexual desire, sickness from μαλακός soft + -ία.

Pronunciation

malacia

/məˈleɪʃ(ɪ)ə/