- primary tuberculosis of the lymphatic glands, especially those of the neck.
Origin of scrofula
Examples from the Web for scrofula
Amongst them were a couple of tutors, with their pupils who had come to be cured of scrofula.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
Consumption and Scrofula, though similar, are not the same disease.The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases
Charles West, M.D.
Scrofula, in fact, seems to have been the cause of her death.Pagan and Christian Rome
On their qualities—as 'Scrophularia' from its (quite uncertified) use in scrofula.Proserpina, Volume 1
In olden time, scrofula, or the 'king's evil', was cured by the touch of the king.The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
- pathol (no longer in technical use) tuberculosis of the lymphatic glandsAlso called (formerly): the king's evil
Word Origin and History for scrofula
c.1400, scrophulas (plural) from Late Latin scrofulæ (plural) "swelling of the glands of the neck," literally "little pigs," from Latin scrofa "breeding sow" (see screw (n.)). The connection may be because the glands associated with the disease resemble the body of a sow or some part of it, or because pigs were thought to be prone to it. Cf. Greek khoirades (plural) "scrofula," related to khoiros "young pig."
- A form of tuberculosis affecting the lymph nodes, especially of the neck, that is most common in children and is usually spread by unpasteurized milk from infected cows.struma