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scur·vy

 (skûr′vē)
n.
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
Mean; contemptible.

[From Middle English scurfy, characterized by scurf (influenced by French scorbut, scurvy), from scurf, scurf; see scurf.]

scur′vi·ly adv.
scur′vi·ness n.

scurvy

(ˈskɜːvɪ)
n
(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]
ˈscurvily adv
ˈscurviness n

scur•vy

(ˈskɜr vi)

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.
[1555–65; scurf + -y1]
scur′vi•ly, adv.
scur′vi•ness, n.

scur·vy

(skûr′vē)
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scurvy - a condition caused by deficiency of ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
avitaminosis, hypovitaminosis - any of several diseases caused by deficiency of one or more vitamins
Adj.1.scurvy - of the most contemptible kindscurvy - 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

scurvy

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.
Related words
adjective scorbutic
Translations
keripukki
skyrbjúgur
skörbjugg

scurvy

[ˈskɜːvɪ]
A. ADJvil, canallesco
B. Nescorbuto m

scurvy

[ˈskɜːrvi] nscorbut m

scurvy

nSkorbut m
adj (obs) knaveschändlich

scurvy

[ˈskɜːvɪ] nscorbuto

scur·vy

n. escorbuto, enfermedad causada por deficiencia de vitamina C que se manifiesta con anemia, encías sangrantes y un estado general de laxitud.

scurvy

n escorbuto
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She had received multiple questions from women via email about safe dosage, rebound scurvy, and concerns that too much C might cause spontaneous abortion.
This evidence of "rebound scurvy," is one reason that people who take high doses of ascorbic acid for extended periods are advised to reduce the dose gradually rather than stopping abruptly.
Vitamin C has attracted a lot of controversy over high levels being consumed, with claims that it can contribute to kidney stones and interfere with B12 absorption, possibly causing rebound scurvy once supplementation is stopped.