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scurvy

[ skur-vee ]
/ ˈskɜr vi /
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noun
Pathology. a disease marked by swollen and bleeding gums, livid spots on the skin, prostration, etc., due to a diet lacking in vitamin C.
adjective, scur·vi·er, scur·vi·est.
contemptible; despicable; mean: a scurvy trick.
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Origin of scurvy

First recorded in 1555–65; scurf + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM scurvy

scur·vi·ly, adverbscur·vi·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH scurvy

scurfy, scurvy
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British Dictionary definitions for scurvy

scurvy
/ (ˈskɜːvɪ) /

noun
a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C, characterized by anaemia, spongy gums, bleeding beneath the skin, and (in infants) malformation of bones and teethRelated adjective: scorbutic
adjective -vier or -viest
mean or despicablea scurvy knave

Derived forms of scurvy

scurvily, adverbscurviness, noun

Word Origin for scurvy

C16: see scurf
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Scientific definitions for scurvy

scurvy
[ skûrvē ]

A disease caused by vitamin C deficiency, characterized by bleeding of the gums, rupture of capillaries under the skin, loose teeth, and generalized weakness.
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