[ skawr-byoo-tik ]

  1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or affected with scurvy.

Origin of scorbutic

1645–55; <New Latin scorbūticus, equivalent to Medieval Latin scorbūt(us) scurvy (≪ Middle Low German scorbûk) + -icus-ic
  • Often scor·bu·ti·cal .

Other words from scorbutic

  • scor·bu·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • post·scor·bu·tic, adjective

Words Nearby scorbutic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use scorbutic in a sentence

  • This pleasant beverage should be drunk when cold; it is considered beneficial in aiding to allay scorbutic eruptions.

  • An abundant supply of provisions of an anti-scorbutic nature was placed on board.

    Notable Voyagers | W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • Three or four generations have become deaf or blind, gouty or scorbutic, at a predetermined period.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 3 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • Went among the soldiers in the afternoon, distributing oranges to those who are scorbutic.

  • The Doctor lost no time in clearing about an acre of ground, in which he sowed the seeds of anti-scorbutic plants.

    The Field of Ice | Jules Verne

British Dictionary definitions for scorbutic


/ (skɔːˈbjuːtɪk) /

  1. of, relating to, or having scurvy

Origin of scorbutic

C17: from New Latin scorbūticus, from Medieval Latin scorbūtus, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old English sceorf scurf, Middle Low German scorbuk scurvy

Derived forms of scorbutic

  • scorbutically, adverb

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