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adjective Pathology.
  1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or affected with scurvy.
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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
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Historical Examples of scorbutic

  • A scorbutic epidemic was already fast emptying the dungeons.

    My Ten Years' Imprisonment

    Silvio Pellico

  • Eight cases of scorbutic gums were already upon my black-list.

  • Scorbutic patients are an exception, they often crave for sweetmeats and jams.

    Notes on Nursing

    Florence Nightingale

  • They also gave me some sugarcane, which I distributed to such of my men as were scorbutic.

  • While a prisoner he contracted a scorbutic affection which rendered miserable thirty years of his life.

British Dictionary definitions for scorbutic


  1. of, relating to, or having scurvy
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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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scorbutic in Medicine


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