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pellagra

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noun pel·la·gra \pə-ˈla-grə, -ˈlā-, -ˈlä-\

Definition of pellagra

  1. :  a disease marked by dermatitis, gastrointestinal disorders, and mental disturbances and associated with a diet deficient in niacin

pel·la·grous play \-grəs\ adjective


Origin of pellagra

Italian, from pelle skin (from Latin pellis) + -agra (as in podagra, from Latin)


First Known Use: circa 1811


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pellagra

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noun pel·la·gra \pə-ˈlag-rə, -ˈlāg-, -ˈläg-\

Medical Definition of pellagra

  1. :  a disease marked by dermatitis, gastrointestinal disorders, mental disturbance, and memory loss and associated with a diet deficient in niacin and protein—compare kwashiorkor




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