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Relating to or affected with scurvy.See also antiscorbutic
- ‘He treated his scorbutic patients with a mixture of plant and vegetable juices made from water cress, brooklime, scurvy grass, all herbs rich in ascorbic acid.’
- ‘By the way Mr McDougall, the people shouting out these scorbutic remarks are not on the receiving end of the blows being landed, and one boxer is not 50 times the weight of the other.’
- ‘An experiment was conducted in which guinea pigs were fed a normal, high vitamin C diet with 10-percent galactose or a scorbutic diet (devoid of vitamin C) plus 10-percent galactose.’
- ‘The lens epithelium of scorbutic animals had 2.5 times as much galactitol (the polyol of galactose) on day 4 than those animals fed vitamin C in their diets.’
- ‘Cook was referring to the fact that Tupaia refused malt, portable soup and all the other remedies against scurvy, and that Green's addiction to drink was precipitating scorbutic symptoms.’
Mid 17th century: from modern Latin scorbuticus, from medieval Latin scorbutus ‘scurvy’, perhaps from Middle Low German schorbūk (from schoren ‘to break’ + būk ‘belly’).
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