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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).]
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(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]
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ber•i•ber•i(ˈbɛr iˈbɛr i)
a disease of the peripheral nerves caused by a deficiency of vitamin B1.
[1695–1705; < Sinhalese, reduplication of beri weakness]
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A disease caused by a lack of thiamine in the diet. It causes nerve damage and circulatory problems.
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|Noun||1.||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
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beriberi[ˈberɪˌberɪ] N → beriberi m
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n → Beriberi f
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n. beriberi, tipo de neuritis múltiple causada por deficiencia de vitamina B1 (tiamina).
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beriberin beriberi m
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