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malacia

[mə′lāsh·ə]
(medicine)
Abnormal softening of tissues of an organ or other body structure.
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He might think my brain was softening, or something of the kind.
That softening of feeling towards him which dated from his misfortune, that merging of suspicion and dislike in a rather contemptuous pity for him as lone and crazy, was now accompanied with a more active sympathy, especially amongst the women.
I love a jolly woodsman at heart,'' said the Prior, softening his tone; ``come, ye must not deal too hard with me I can well of woodcraft, and can wind a horn clear and lustily, and hollo till every oak rings again Come, ye must not deal too hard with me.
Some were condensing air into a dry tangible substance, by extracting the nitre, and letting the aqueous or fluid particles percolate; others softening marble, for pillows and pin-cushions; others petrifying the hoofs of a living horse, to preserve them from foundering.
I caught eagerly at these words, as giving me a faint hope of softening his wrath.
I think my head is softening, or my brains are melting, or I am sweating from head to foot
Sometimes the thought deluded him that he saw those hard immovable rays softening, vibrating, living, and he cried out,--
She looked at me long and earnestly and I thought that she was softening toward me.
Can you imagine language, once clear-cut and exact, softening and guttering, losing shape and import, becoming mere limps of sound again?
That does not prevent," replied Milady, softening her smile so as to give it an angelic expression, "my being alone or being persecuted.
We ought never to despair of softening the heart of a mother who loves her child.
Certainly, monsieur, speak," he said, softening his stern, accented tones, as if he were speaking to a woman.