scorbutic

adjective

scor·​bu·​tic skȯr-ˈbyü-tik How to pronounce scorbutic (audio)
: of, relating to, producing, or affected with scurvy

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web They have been used to treat burns, make skin tone prettier, and many other options due to their anti-scorbutic properties. The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 May 2022

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin scorbuticus, from scorbutus scurvy, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old English scurf scurf

First Known Use

1655, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scorbutic was in 1655

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Cite this Entry

“Scorbutic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scorbutic. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

scorbutic

adjective
scor·​bu·​tic skȯr-ˈbyüt-ik How to pronounce scorbutic (audio)
: of, relating to, producing, or affected with scurvy
a scorbutic diet
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