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beriberi

[ ber-ee-ber-ee ]
/ ˈbɛr iˈbɛr i /
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noun Pathology.
a disease of the peripheral nerves caused by a deficiency of vitamin B1, characterized by pain in and paralysis of the extremities, and severe emaciation or swelling of the body.
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Origin of beriberi

1695–1705; <Sinhalese, reduplication of beri weakness

OTHER WORDS FROM beriberi

ber·i·ber·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for beriberi

beriberi
/ (ˌbɛrɪˈbɛrɪ) /

noun
a disease, endemic in E and S Asia, caused by dietary deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B 1). It affects the nerves to the limbs, producing pain, paralysis, and swelling

Word Origin for beriberi

C19: from Sinhalese, by reduplication from beri weakness
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Scientific definitions for beriberi

beriberi
[ bĕrē-bĕrē ]

A disease caused by a deficiency of thiamine, endemic in eastern and southern Asia, and characterized by neurological symptoms, cardiovascular abnormalities, and edema.
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