Complete Definition of "scurvy"

English
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Pronunciation
rhymes|ÉË(r)vi

Etymology
Noun usage from the adjective term|scurvy#Adjective|scurvy influenced by or a variant of term|scurfy. Took on meaning of D. term|scheurbuik|langnl, F. term|scorbut||scurvy|langfr, possibly from ON. term|skyrbjugr|langnon. Compare German term|scharbock|langde, Late Latin term|scorbutus|lang=la.
Alternate etymology is < MD. < MLG..

Noun
en-noun|-

  1. disease A disease caused by insufficient intake of vitamin C leading to the formation of livid spots on the skin, spongy gums, loosening of the teeth and bleeding into the skin and from almost all mucous membranes.

Synonyms
Barlow's disease
Cheadle-Möller-Barlow syndrome
Cheadle's disease
Moeller's disease
Möller-Barlow disease
scorbutus

Translations
trans-top|deficiency of vitamin C
Finnish: t|fi|keripukki
French: t|fr|scorbut|m
Icelandic: t-|is|skyrbjúgur|m
Italian: t+|it|scorbuto|m
trans-mid
Polish: t|pl|szkorbut|m
Russian: t|ru|Ñинга|f|trcingá|scCyrl, t|ru|ÑкоÑбÑÑ|m|trskórbut|scCyrl
Spanish: t|es|escorbuto|m
trans-bottom

Derived terms
scurvy grass

Adjective
en-adj|scurvier|scurviest

  1. contemptible|Contemptible, despicable, low, disgustingly mean.

Derived terms
scurvier
scurviest
scurvily
scurviness

See also
morphew

References
R:Webster 1913
R:Online Etymology Dictionary
R:OED
Who Named It? last accessed 28-Mar-2007

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