pellagra

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

Definition of pellagra 

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

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

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One of Zuckerman’s graduate students inspected cross-sections of bones to find evidence of pellagra, or vitamin B deficiency. Washington Post, "Estimated 7,000 bodies may be buried at former asylum," 23 May 2018 When the first hamster in the group cannibalized its litter, Tissier worried that pellagra was another false lead. Ben Crair, Smithsonian, "Why Are These Hamsters Cannibalizing Their Young?," 21 Feb. 2018 After six months, all of the prisoners had developed pellagra. Ben Crair, Smithsonian, "Why Are These Hamsters Cannibalizing Their Young?," 21 Feb. 2018 Doctors quickly eradicated pellagra in the United States and Europe with vitamin B3 supplements and balanced diets. Ben Crair, Smithsonian, "Why Are These Hamsters Cannibalizing Their Young?," 21 Feb. 2018 But once researchers discovered the B3 connection and regulations required the vitamin B3, also known as niacin, be added to corn meal, the pellagra outbreaks stopped. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Diet Deficiency Can Lead to Cannibal Hamsters," 2 Feb. 2017 Beriberi and pellagra also both caused mental instability and personality changes. National Geographic, "A Nightmare Disease Haunted Ships During Age of Discovery," 15 Jan. 2017 Another study looked at the possibility of pellagra, a vitamin B deficiency that leads to dementia, in the patients. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Thousands of Bodies Rest Under the University of Mississippi Medical Center Campus," 9 May 2017 A blond girl with a pellagra face stood sullenly behind the cash register, and a couple of men sat in a booth. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Joan Didion’s “South and West” is a reminder of what the journalist could do," 2 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of pellagra

circa 1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pellagra

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

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The first known use of pellagra was circa 1811

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pellagra

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

Kids Definition of pellagra

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

pellagra

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

Medical Definition of pellagra 

: 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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