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scur·vy

 (skûr′vē)
n.
A disease caused by deficiency of vitamin C, characterized by spongy and bleeding gums, bleeding under the skin, and extreme weakness.
adj. scur·vi·er, scur·vi·est
Mean; contemptible.

[From Middle English scurfy, characterized by scurf (influenced by French scorbut, scurvy), from scurf, scurf; see scurf.]

scur′vi·ly adv.
scur′vi·ness n.

scurvy

(ˈskɜːvɪ)
n
(Pathology) a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C, characterized by anaemia, spongy gums, bleeding beneath the skin, and (in infants) malformation of bones and teeth.
adj, -vier or -viest
mean or despicable: a scurvy knave.
[C16: see scurf]
ˈscurvily adv
ˈscurviness n

scur•vy

(ˈskɜr vi)

n., adj. -vi•er, -vi•est. n.
1. a disease marked by swollen and bleeding gums, livid spots on the skin, and prostration and caused by a lack of vitamin C.
adj.
2. contemptible; despicable.
[1555–65; scurf + -y1]
scur′vi•ly, adv.
scur′vi•ness, n.

scur·vy

(skûr′vē)
A disease caused by lack of vitamin C in the diet. It is characterized by bleeding of the gums, rupture of capillaries under the skin, loose teeth, and weakness of the body.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scurvy - a condition caused by deficiency of ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
avitaminosis, hypovitaminosis - any of several diseases caused by deficiency of one or more vitamins
Adj.1.scurvy - of the most contemptible kindscurvy - of the most contemptible kind; "abject cowardice"; "a low stunt to pull"; "a low-down sneak"; "his miserable treatment of his family"; "You miserable skunk!"; "a scummy rabble"; "a scurvy trick"
contemptible - deserving of contempt or scorn

scurvy

adjective (Old-fashioned) contemptible, mean, bad, low, base, rotten, sorry, worthless, shabby, vile, low-down (informal), pitiful, abject, despicable, dishonourable, ignoble, scabby (informal) It was a scurvy trick to play.
Related words
adjective scorbutic
Translations
keripukki
skyrbjúgur
skörbjugg

scurvy

[ˈskɜːvɪ]
A. ADJvil, canallesco
B. Nescorbuto m

scurvy

[ˈskɜːrvi] nscorbut m

scurvy

nSkorbut m
adj (obs) knaveschändlich

scurvy

[ˈskɜːvɪ] nscorbuto

scur·vy

n. escorbuto, enfermedad causada por deficiencia de vitamina C que se manifiesta con anemia, encías sangrantes y un estado general de laxitud.

scurvy

n escorbuto
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