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beriberi

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Pronunciation: /ˌbɛrɪˈbɛri
 
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Definition of beriberi in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A disease causing inflammation of the nerves and heart failure, ascribed to a deficiency of vitamin B1.
Example sentences
  • This was determined to be one of the vitamins that prevented beriberi, a deficiency disease marked by inflammatory or degenerative changes of the nerves, digestive system and heart.
  • The troops suffered from malaria, dengue fever, beriberi, hookworm and pellagra.
  • Diseases such as beriberi and malaria have become more common as problems with sanitation have increased.

Origin

early 18th century: from Sinhalese, from beri 'weakness'.

Words that rhyme with beriberi

berry, BlackBerry, bury, Ceri, cherry, Derry, ferry, Gerry, jerry, Kerry, merry, perry, Pondicherry, sherry, terry, very, wherry, wolfberry

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