beriberi

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noun beri·beri \ˈber-ē-ˈber-ē, ˈbe-rē-ˈbe-rē\

Definition of beriberi

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of beriberi

Sinhalese bæribæri


BERIBERI Defined for Kids

beriberi

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noun beri·beri \ˌber-ē-ˈber-ē\

Definition of beriberi for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

beriberi

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noun beri·beri \ˌber-ē-ˈber-ē\

Medical Definition of beriberi

  1. :  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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