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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
References in classic literature ?
I was thunkun' they hod beri-beri, an' thot was the why o' sendun' for the doctor.
y Quintos, Joaquin, "El beri-beri en los ninos de pecho," Imprenta de Lorenzo Cribe, Manila 1910)
Porphyra is present in the Chinese Materia Medica as a treatment for Beri-Beri and infections of the urinary system.
The reported uses are for the following: painful menstruation, late menstruation, difficulty in urination, diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, stomach ache, gas pain, colis, indigestion, ulcer, cough, dizziness, insomnia, numbness, headache, stiff neck, sprain, muscular pain, paralysis, pasma, fever, influenza, typhoid fever, malaria, scabies, intestinal worms, beri-beri, swelling, skin diseases, blackheads, ear ache and infection, wounds, snake bites, dandruff and baldness, hypertension and relapse after child delivery.
Prisoners were underfed, overworked, brutalised and exposed to many tropical diseases, and the book charts captivity in Singapore, Thailand and Burma, and the huge medical problems faced by the PoW doctors - including malaria, dysentery, beri-beri, tropical ulcers and cholera.
In time, doctors Manuel Guerrero and Joaquin Quintos discovered that beri-beri caused by tainted milk of infected mothers was the cause.
Our bones went spongy with Beri-Beri, and cuts would often turn ulcerous.