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1scurvy

noun scur·vy \ˈskər-vē\

: a disease that is caused by not eating enough fruits or vegetables that contain vitamin C

Full Definition of SCURVY

:  a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C and characterized by spongy gums, loosening of the teeth, and a bleeding into the skin and mucous membranes

Origin of SCURVY

2scurvy
First Known Use: circa 1565

Other Medicine Terms

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Rhymes with SCURVY

2scurvy

adjective

Definition of SCURVY

:  arousing disgust or scorn :  contemptible, despicable <a scurvy trick>
scur·vi·ly \-və-lē\ adverb
scur·vi·ness \-vē-nəs\ noun

Examples of SCURVY

  1. <after winning the lottery, she was beset by a whole scurvy swarm of con artists, ne'er-do-wells, and hangers-on>

Origin of SCURVY

scurf
First Known Use: 1579

scurvy

noun scur·vy \ˈskər-vē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural scur·vies

Medical Definition of SCURVY

:  a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C and characterized by spongy gums, loosening of the teeth, and bleeding into the skin and mucous membranes—called also scorbutus

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