beriberi

noun
beri·​beri | \ ˈber-ē-ˈber-ē How to pronounce beriberi (audio) , ˈbe-rē-ˈbe-rē \

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

Examples of beriberi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like scurvy, beriberi can be found in people who lack fresh food. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 May 2021 Another raider died from beriberi while in captivity. Daniel Ford, WSJ, 2 Oct. 2020 Is there hope that the flop, like beriberi, will someday be eradicated? Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, 18 Dec. 2019 There were outbreaks of cholera, beriberi, dysentery, malaria. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, 14 Sep. 2019 The two would go on to discover Vitamin B, which prevents the disease beriberi, a cause of nerve inflammation and heart failure. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 July 2018 If staple foods like rice fail to provide critical vitamins and minerals, illnesses like anemia and beriberi will rise, stalling progress in the climb out of poverty. Umair Irfan, Vox, 24 May 2018 By artificially adding vitamins and minerals back in, deficiency diseases like rickets and beriberi were largely eliminated from the Western world. Kyle Frischkorn, Smithsonian, 14 June 2017 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. National Geographic, 15 Jan. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'beriberi.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of beriberi

1704, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beriberi

Sinhalese bæribæri

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About beriberi

Time Traveler for beriberi

Time Traveler

The first known use of beriberi was in 1704

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near beriberi

beribboned

beriberi

be riding for a fall

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for beriberi

Cite this Entry

“Beriberi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beriberi. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon
Seen & Heard
People are talking about

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for beriberi

beriberi

noun
beri·​beri | \ ˌber-ē-ˈber-ē How to pronounce beriberi (audio) \

Kids Definition of beriberi

: a disease marked by weakness, wasting, and damage to nerves and caused by a lack of the vitamin thiamine in the diet

beriberi

noun
beri·​beri | \ ˌber-ē-ˈber-ē How to pronounce beriberi (audio) \

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

More from Merriam-Webster on beriberi

Nglish: Translation of beriberi for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about beriberi

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!