king's evil


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king's evil

n
(Pathology) the king's evil pathol a former name for scrofula
[C14: from the belief that the king's touch would heal scrofula]

King's evil

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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Noun1.king's evil - a form of tuberculosis characterized by swellings of the lymphatic glands
T.B., tuberculosis, TB - infection transmitted by inhalation or ingestion of tubercle bacilli and manifested in fever and small lesions (usually in the lungs but in various other parts of the body in acute stages)
References in classic literature ?
I covered six- sevenths of the appropriation into the treasury a week before starting from Camelot on my adventures, and ordered that the other seventh be inflated into five- cent nickels and delivered into the hands of the head clerk of the King's Evil Department; a nickel to take the place of each gold coin, you see, and do its work for it.
Medicine and Physiology BELL'S LAW, CROHN'S DISEASE, DARWIN'S TUBERCLE, DESCEMETS MEMBRANE, GRAVE'S DISEASE, HANSEN'S DISEASE, HUNTINGTON'S CHOREA, JACOBSEN'S CARTILEGE/NERVE/ ORGAN, JOHNE'S BACILLUS, KING'S EVIL (scrofula), KOCH'S BACILLUS/ LAWS/POSTULATES, LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE, MCBURNEY'S POINT, MORTON'S TOE (a disease), TURK'S CELL, WEIL'S DISEASE, ZENKER'S DEGENERATION
What does it do: Its generic name is derived from scrofula (tuberculosis of the lymph glands in the neck), otherwise known as The King's Evil, so-called because it was believed that the affliction could be cured by the laying on of hands by the ruling monarch.
They must also dodge the king's evil sister, who is trying to steal the crown.
His discussions of the English Civil War take the Royalist side, perhaps influenced by the fact that while prisoner on the Isle of Wight, King Charles I had touched Cannon's mother for the King's Evil.
The king's evil counselor Haman plots to kill all the Jews of the empire, but is prevented by the wise Jewish courtier Mordecai, together with the glamorous queen Esther.