Origin of scrofula
Examples from the Web for scrofula
During recent years it has been discovered that the symptoms of phthisis and scrofula are due to a microbe, the tubercle bacillus.Darwinism and Race Progress|John Berry Haycraft
Has been recommended in certain skin diseases, and in phthisis complicated with scrofula.
He came shivering in his night-shirt, displaying his wretched little body devoured by scrofula.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete|Emile Zola
In habitual constipation; and in phthisis, scrofula, &c., instead of cod-liver oil; taken ad libitum.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II|Arnold Cooley
The royal touch was especially efficacious in epilepsy and scrofula, the latter being consequently known as "king's-evil."Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing|George Barton Cutten
British Dictionary definitions for scrofula
Word Origin for scrofula
Word Origin and History for scrofula
c.1400, scrophulas (plural) from Late Latin scrofulæ (plural) "swelling of the glands of the neck," literally "little pigs," from Latin scrofa "breeding sow" (see screw (n.)). The connection may be because the glands associated with the disease resemble the body of a sow or some part of it, or because pigs were thought to be prone to it. Cf. Greek khoirades (plural) "scrofula," related to khoiros "young pig."