Definition of pellagra
: a disease marked by dermatitis, gastrointestinal disorders, and mental disturbances and associated with a diet deficient in niacin
pellagrousplay \pə-ˈla-grəs, -ˈlā-, -ˈlä-\ adjective
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Early in his career, Dr. Kummerow helped develop a cure for pellagra, a chronic disease that killed more than 100,000 Americans between 1900 and 1940, primarily in the South.
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Origin and Etymology of pellagra
Italian, from pelle skin (from Latin pellis) + -agra (as in podagra, from Latin)
First Known Use: circa 1811See Words from the same year
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Definition of pellagra for Students
: a disease caused by a diet containing too little protein and too little of a necessary vitamin
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