malaco-, malac-, malako-, -malacia +

(Greek: soft, softness; abnormal softening, soft-bodied)

1. Abnormal softness of the spleen.
2. A softening of the spleen.
Softening of the spleen and bone marrow.
malacia, malacosis
1. A softening or loss of consistency and contiguity in any of the organs or tissues of the body.
2. Morbid softening of a tissue or part.
3. Malacia denotes a morbid craving for certain articles of food or articles which are not devoid of nutrition, whereas pica denotes a desire for unnutritious substances; as in pregnancy or eating dirt.
malacic, malacotic
Of or pertaining to malacia.
The action of making soft or supple.
malacoderm, malacodermatous
1. Having a soft skin.
2. A soft-skinned animal; an animal of any of the various groups called Malacodermata.
A reference to the science, or branch of zoology, which relates to the structure and habits of soft-bodied animals or mollusks.
A specialist in malacology.
The science, or branch of zoology, that involves the study of the formation and habits of soft-bodied animals or mollusks.
A morbidly soft part or spot.
Pollinated by snails.
malacoplakia, malakoplakia
1. The formation of soft patches on the mucous membrane of a hollow organ of the body.
2. A form of chronic inflammation principally involving the urinary bladder and characterized by soft, pale, or yellow plaques on its mucosa.

The plaques are composed of macrophages and lymphocytes and an occasional multinucleated giant cell.

Mineralized, laminated concretions (Michaelis Gutmann bodies) and altered bacteria may be present within the macrophages. A localized defect in macrophage function or an abnormal response to coliform bacteria is believed to be the cause.

Of or pertaining to the Malacopterygii or soft-finned fishes.
Softness of muscular tissue.