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(Pathology) the king's evil pathol a former name for scrofula
[C14: from the belief that the king's touch would heal scrofula]
Another name for scrofula, a disease of the glands of the neck, which, during the Middle Ages was believed to be cured by the touch of a monarch.
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|Noun||1.||king's evil - a form of tuberculosis characterized by swellings of the lymphatic glands|