adjective Pathology.

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

Nearby words

  1. scoptophilia,
  2. scoptophiliac,
  3. scopula,
  4. scopulate,
  5. scopus,
  6. scorbutigenic,
  7. scorch,
  8. scorched earth policy,
  9. scorched-earth policy,
  10. scorcher

Often scor·bu·ti·cal.

Origin of scorbutic

1645–55; < New Latin scorbūticus, equivalent to Medieval Latin scorbūt(us) scurvy (≪ Middle Low German scorbûk) + -icus -ic

Related formsscor·bu·ti·cal·ly, adverbpost·scor·bu·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scorbutic



of, relating to, or having scurvy
Derived Formsscorbutically, adverb

Word Origin for scorbutic

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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Medicine definitions for scorbutic




Of, relating to, resembling, or affected by scurvy.

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