Definition of beriberi
: a deficiency disease marked by inflammatory or degenerative changes of the nerves, digestive system, and heart and caused by a lack of or inability to assimilate thiamine
Recent Examples of beriberi from the Web
By artificially adding vitamins and minerals back in, deficiency diseases like rickets and beriberi were largely eliminated from the Western world.
In preserved food there are no vitamins, so a variety of nutritional diseases would be likely: lack of vitamin B1 would cause beriberi; no vitamin B3 would cause pellagra; and vitamin C, of course, scurvy.
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Origin and Etymology of beriberi
First Known Use: 1704See Words from the same year
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Definition of beriberi for Students
: a disease marked by weakness, wasting, and damage to nerves and caused by a lack of the vitamin thiamine in the diet
Medical Definition of beriberi
: a deficiency disease marked by inflammatory or degenerative changes of the nerves, digestive system, and heart and caused by a lack of or inability to assimilate thiamine—called also kakke
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