[ skrof-yuh-luh ]
/ ˈskrɒf yə lə /

noun Pathology.

primary tuberculosis of the lymphatic glands, especially those of the neck.

Origin of scrofula

1350–1400; Middle English (plural) < Late Latin scrōfulae (Latin scrōf(a) sow + -ulae (plural) -ule), from the belief that breeding sows were susceptible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scrofula

/ (ˈskrɒfjʊlə) /


pathol (no longer in technical use) tuberculosis of the lymphatic glandsAlso called (formerly): the king's evil

Word Origin for scrofula

C14: from Medieval Latin, from Late Latin scrōfulae swollen glands in the neck, literally: little sows (sows were thought to be particularly prone to the disease), from Latin scrōfa sow
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Medicine definitions for scrofula

[ skrŏfyə-lə ]


A form of tuberculosis affecting the lymph nodes, especially of the neck, that is most common in children and is usually spread by unpasteurized milk from infected cows.struma
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