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scurvy

Pronunciation: skur've

Definition: A disease marked by inanition, debility, anemia, and edema of the dependent parts; a spongy condition sometimes with ulceration of the gums and loss of teeth, hemorrhages into the skin from the mucous membranes and internal organs, and poor wound healing; due to a diet lacking vitamin C.

Synonym(s): scorbutus, sea scurvy

[fr. A.S. scurf]

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