[ skawr-byoo-tik ]
/ skɔrˈbyu tɪk /

adjective Pathology.

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

scor·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


/ (skɔːˈbjuːtɪk) /


of, relating to, or having scurvy

Derived Forms

scorbutically, 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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Medicine definitions for scorbutic


[ skôr-byōōtĭk ]


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

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