- pertaining to, of the nature of, or affected with scurvy.
Origin of scorbutic
Examples from the Web for scorbutic
A scorbutic epidemic was already fast emptying the dungeons.My Ten Years' Imprisonment
Eight cases of scorbutic gums were already upon my black-list.Adrift in the Arctic Ice Pack
Elisha Kent Kane
Scorbutic patients are an exception, they often crave for sweetmeats and jams.Notes on Nursing
They also gave me some sugarcane, which I distributed to such of my men as were scorbutic.A Continuation of a Voyage to New Holland
While a prisoner he contracted a scorbutic affection which rendered miserable thirty years of his life.American Prisoners of the Revolution
- of, relating to, or having scurvy
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.
- Of, relating to, resembling, or affected by scurvy.