beriberi

noun
beri·beri | \ˈber-ē-ˈber-ē, 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

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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, "UW scientific advances include vitamins, growing human embryonic stem cells in lab," 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, "The weird power of rising carbon dioxide to make rice less nutritious," 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, "You Are What You Eat, And What You Eat Is Millions of Microbes," 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, "A Nightmare Disease Haunted Ships During Age of Discovery," 15 Jan. 2017 By artificially adding vitamins and minerals back in, deficiency diseases like rickets and beriberi were largely eliminated from the Western world. Kyle Frischkorn, Smithsonian, "You Are What You Eat, And What You Eat is Millions of Microbes," 14 June 2017

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First Known Use of beriberi

1704, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beriberi

Sinhalese bæribæri

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beriberi

noun
beri·beri | \ˌber-ē-ˈber-ē \

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 \

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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