[skrof-yuh-luh s]

Origin of scrofulous

First recorded in 1605–15; scroful(a) + -ous
Related formsscrof·u·lous·ly, adverbscrof·u·lous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for scrofulous


  1. of, relating to, resembling, or having scrofula
  2. morally degraded
Derived Formsscrofulously, adverbscrofulousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for scrofulous

early 15c., from Medieval Latin scrophulosus; see scrofula + -ous. Related: Scrofulously; scrofulousness.

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scrofulous in Medicine


  1. Relating to, affected with, or resembling scrofula.
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