scrofula

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noun scrof·u·la \ˈskrȯ-fyə-lə, ˈskrä-\

Definition of scrofula

  1. :  tuberculosis of lymph nodes especially in the neck

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 1791


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scrofula

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noun scrof·u·la \ˈskrȯf-yə-lə, ˈskräf-\

Medical Definition of scrofula

  1. :  tuberculosis of lymph nodes especially in the neck—called also king's evil


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