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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
[From Middle English scurfy, characterized by scurf (influenced by French scorbut, scurvy), from scurf, scurf; see scurf.]
(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]
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.
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.
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|Noun||1.||scurvy - a condition caused by deficiency of ascorbic acid (vitamin C)|
|Adj.||1.||scurvy - 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
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.
scurvy[ˈskɜːrvi] n → scorbut m
scurvy[ˈskɜːvɪ] n → scorbuto
n. escorbuto, enfermedad causada por deficiencia de vitamina C que se manifiesta con anemia, encías sangrantes y un estado general de laxitud.