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A form of tuberculosis affecting the lymph nodes, especially of the neck, that is most common in children and is usually spread by unpasteurized milk from infected cows. Also called struma.
(Pathology) pathol (no longer in technical use) tuberculosis of the lymphatic glands. Also called (formerly): the king's evil
[C14: from Medieval Latin, from Late Latin scrōfulae swollen glands in the neck, literally: little sows (sows were thought to be particularly prone to the disease), from Latin scrōfa sow]
scrof•u•la(ˈskrɒf yə lə)
primary tuberculosis of the lymphatic glands, esp. of the neck.
[1350–1400; < Late Latin scrōfulae (Latin scrōf(a) sow), from the belief that breeding sows were susceptible]
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|Noun||1.||scrofula - a form of tuberculosis characterized by swellings of the lymphatic glands|