scrof·​u·​la | \ ˈskrȯ-fyə-lə How to pronounce scrofula (audio) , ˈskrä- \

Definition of scrofula

: tuberculosis of lymph nodes especially in the neck

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First Known Use of scrofula

1791, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scrofula

New Latin, back-formation from Late Latin scrofulae, plural, swellings of the lymph nodes of the neck, from plural of scrofula, diminutive of Latin scrofa breeding sow

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“Scrofula.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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scrof·​u·​la | \ ˈskrȯf-yə-lə, ˈskräf- How to pronounce scrofula (audio) \

Medical Definition of scrofula

: tuberculosis of lymph nodes especially in the neck

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