malacia (mu-LA-shuh, -shee-uh)Stop. You're both right. Great that I can't tell which definition is being used. "What's that doctor? You say I love Indian cuisine? Oh, I see. You're telling me my internal organs are liquefying. That's much worse."
noun 1. An abnormal craving for spiced food. 2. Softening of the organ or tissue.
[From Greek malakia (softness), ultimately from the Indo-European root mel- (soft) which also gave us "malacology" (study of mollusks), "malt," "melt," and "mulch."]
Saturday, September 22, 2007
From Wordsmith.org, another headscratcher of a word-of-the-day: malacia.