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scorbutic Line breaks: scor|bu¦tic
Pronunciation: /skɔːˈbjuːtɪk/

Definition of scorbutic in English:


Relating to or affected with scurvy. See also antiscorbutic.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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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