- 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.
* * *chon·dro·ma·la·cia .kän-drō-mə-'lā-sh(ē-)ə n abnormal softness of cartilage
* * *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.
* * *chon·dro·ma·la·cia (kon″dro-mə-laґshə) [chondro- + -malacia] softening of the articular cartilage, most frequently in the patella.
Medical dictionary. 2011.