Definition of scrofula in English:


Line breaks: scrof|ula
Pronunciation: /ˈskrɒfjʊlə


[mass noun] chiefly historical
A disease with glandular swellings, probably a form of tuberculosis. Also formerly called king's evil.
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  • 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.


late Middle English: from medieval Latin, diminutive of Latin scrofa 'breeding sow' (said to be subject to the disease).



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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.

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