noun[mass noun] chiefly • historical
- A disease with glandular swellings, probably a form of tuberculosis. Also formerly called king's evil.More example sentences
- These coins were handed out as talismans by the monarch at a special ceremony to sufferers of the skin disease, scrofula (otherwise known as King's Evil).
- The coronation ceremony stressed his semi-spiritual quality, which seemed proven by the alleged power of the royal touch to cure the skin disease scrofula.
- Initially, the power to heal was applied to most all diseases, but was eventually applied primarily to scrofula - a form of tuberculosis that affects lymph nodes in the neck.
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- No king touched so much for the king's evil, that class of unpleasant glandular and scrofulous disorders that kings were reputed to be able to cure.
- And most of them were scrofulous and all of them were evil,
- When people claim to be reincarnated, for some reason, they tend to have been the Queen of Sheba, and not some scrofulous beggar.
late Middle English: from medieval Latin, diminutive of Latin scrofa 'breeding sow' (said to be subject to the disease).
More definitions of scrofulaDefinition of scrofula in:
- The US English dictionary