scrof·​u·​la ˈskrȯ-fyə-lə How to pronounce scrofula (audio)
: tuberculosis of lymph nodes especially in the neck

Examples of scrofula in a Sentence

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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Word History


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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scrofula was in 1791

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“Scrofula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


scrof·​u·​la ˈskrȯf-yə-lə, ˈskräf- How to pronounce scrofula (audio)
: tuberculosis of lymph nodes especially in the neck

called also king's evil

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