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[skawr-byoo-tik] /skɔrˈbyu tɪk/
adjective, Pathology.
pertaining to, of the nature of, or affected with scurvy.
Often, scorbutical.
Origin of scorbutic
1645-55; < New Latin scorbūticus, equivalent to Medieval Latin scorbūt(us) scurvy (≪ Middle Low German scorbûk) + -icus -ic
Related forms
scorbutically, adverb
postscorbutic, adjective Unabridged
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of, relating to, or having scurvy
Derived Forms
scorbutically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin scorbūticus, from Medieval Latin scorbūtus, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old English sceorf scurf, Middle Low German scorbuk scurvy
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Word Origin and History for scorbutic

1650s, from Modern Latin scorbuticus "pertaining to scurvy," from scorbutus "scurvy," from French scorbut, apparently of Dutch (scheurbuik) or Low German (Scharbock) origin; see scurvy. Scorbute "scurvy" is attested from 1590s, from French.

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scorbutic in Medicine

scorbutic scor·bu·tic (skôr-byōō'tĭk) or scor·bu·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
Of, relating to, resembling, or affected by scurvy.

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