scrofula

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web Several diseases, such as diabetes, yellow fever, typhoid fever and the glandular disease scrofula, can be associated with certain scents. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 18 May 2017

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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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The first known use of scrofula was in 1791

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“Scrofula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrofula. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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scrofula

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

Medical Definition of scrofula

: tuberculosis of lymph nodes especially in the neck

called also king's evil

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