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ber·i·ber·i

 (bĕr′ē-bĕr′ē)
n.
A disease caused by a deficiency of thiamine, characterized by neurological symptoms, cardiovascular abnormalities, and edema, and occurring chiefly in individuals whose diet consists largely of polished rice.

[From Sinhalese bæribæri, intensive reduplication of bæri, unable, impossible (in reference to the weakness experienced by beriberi sufferers), from Sanskrit dialectal *abhāriya-, variant of Sanskrit *abhārya-, not to be borne, unbearable : a-, not; see ahimsa + bhārya-, to be borne or supported (from bharati, he carries, brings; see bher- in Indo-European roots).]

beriberi

(ˌbɛrɪˈbɛrɪ)
n
(Pathology) a disease, endemic in E and S Asia, caused by dietary deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B1). It affects the nerves to the limbs, producing pain, paralysis, and swelling
[C19: from Sinhalese, by reduplication from beri weakness]

ber•i•ber•i

(ˈbɛr iˈbɛr i)

n.
a disease of the peripheral nerves caused by a deficiency of vitamin B1.
[1695–1705; < Sinhalese, reduplication of beri weakness]

ber·i·ber·i

(bĕr′ē-bĕr′ē)
A disease caused by a lack of thiamine in the diet. It causes nerve damage and circulatory problems.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beriberi - avitaminosis caused by lack of thiamine (vitamin B1)
avitaminosis, hypovitaminosis - any of several diseases caused by deficiency of one or more vitamins
kakke disease - the endemic form of beriberi
Translations

beriberi

[ˈberɪˌberɪ] Nberiberi m

beriberi

nBeriberi f

ber·i·ber·i

n. beriberi, tipo de neuritis múltiple causada por deficiencia de vitamina B1 (tiamina).

beriberi

n beriberi m
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One young woman walks past me, limping badly, her legs swollen with beri beri.
Lentil and spinach stew (serves 3-4) METHOD: Make the beri beri in advance by mixing all the spices together (it makes approximately 100g).
The men's bodies were down to six stone and when you are so low the body can't fight off malaria or beri beri.