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scurvy

adjective (a)

  • Covered or affected with scurf or scabs; scabby; scurfy; specifically, diseased with the scurvy. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

noun (n)

  • a condition caused by deficiency of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) (noun.state)
    Synonym: scorbutus
    source: wordnet30
  • A disease characterized by livid spots, especially about the thighs and legs, due to extravasation of blood, and by spongy gums, and bleeding from almost all the mucous membranes. It is accompanied by paleness, languor, depression, and general debility. It is occasioned by confinement, innutritious food, and hard labor, but especially by lack of fresh vegetable food, or confinement for a long time to a limited range of food, which is incapable of repairing the waste of the system. It was formerly prevalent among sailors and soldiers. (noun)
    source: webster1913

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