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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Definitions for scorbutic

  1. Pathology. pertaining to, of the nature of, or affected with scurvy.

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Citations for scorbutic
The best food, which was reserved for the scorbutic patients, consisted of roast beef with onions, horseradish, and sometimes a small glass of spirits. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Prison Life in Siberia, translated by H. S. Edwards, 1888
Another knock at the door, announced a large-headed young man in a black wig, who brought with him a scorbutic youth in a long stock. Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1837
Origin of scorbutic
Scorbutic entered English in the mid-1600s from the New Latin scorbūticus, which finds its roots in the Medieval Latin scorbūtus meaning "scurvy."