pellagra

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noun pel·la·gra \pə-ˈla-grə, -ˈlā-, -ˈlä-\

Definition of pellagra

  1. :  a disease marked by dermatitis, gastrointestinal disorders, and mental disturbances and associated with a diet deficient in niacin

pellagrous

play \pə-ˈla-grəs, -ˈlā-, -ˈlä-\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of pellagra

Italian, from pelle skin (from Latin pellis) + -agra (as in podagra, from Latin)


PELLAGRA Defined for Kids

pellagra

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noun pel·la·gra \pə-ˈla-grə, -ˈlā-\

Definition of pellagra for Students

  1. :  a disease caused by a diet containing too little protein and too little of a necessary vitamin


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noun pel·la·gra \pə-ˈlag-rə, -ˈlāg-, -ˈläg-\

Medical Definition of pellagra

  1. :  a disease marked by dermatitis, gastrointestinal disorders, mental disturbance, and memory loss and associated with a diet deficient in niacin and protein—compare kwashiorkor


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