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Paradoxically Americans are becoming both more obese and more nutrient deficient at the same time. Obese children eating processed foods are nutrient depleted and increasingly get scurvy and rickets, diseases we thought were left behind in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Mark Hyman

Meaning of "scurvy" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SCURVY

See scurf.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF SCURVY

scurvy  [ˈskɜːvɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SCURVY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Scurvy can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES SCURVY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

scurvy

Scurvy

Scurvy is a disease resulting from a deficiency of vitamin C, which is required for the synthesis of collagen in humans. The chemical name for vitamin C, ascorbic acid, is derived from the Latin name of scurvy, scorbutus, which also provides the adjective scorbutic. Scurvy often presents itself initially as symptoms of malaise and lethargy, followed by formation of spots on the skin, spongy gums, and bleeding from the mucous membranes. Spots are most abundant on the thighs and legs, and a person with the ailment looks pale, feels depressed, and is partially immobilized. As scurvy advances, there can be open, suppurating wounds, loss of teeth, jaundice, fever, neuropathy and death. Scurvy was at one time common among sailors, pirates and others aboard ships at sea longer than perishable fruits and vegetables could be stored and by soldiers similarly deprived of these foods for extended periods. It was described by Hippocrates, and herbal cures for scurvy have been known in many native cultures since prehistory. Scurvy was one of the limiting factors of marine travel, often killing large numbers of the passengers and crew on long-distance voyages.

Definition of scurvy in the English dictionary

The definition of scurvy in the dictionary is a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C, characterized by anaemia, spongy gums, bleeding beneath the skin, and malformation of bones and teeth related adjective scorbutic. Other definition of scurvy is mean or despicable.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SCURVY


ave
ˈɑːvɪ
carvy
ˈkɑːvɪ
cavo-relievi
ˌkɑːvəʊrɪˈliːvɪ
curvy
ˈkɜːvɪ
Donleavy
dɒnˈliːvɪ
Garvey
ˈɡɑːvɪ
garvie
ˈɡɑːvɪ
groovy
ˈɡruːvɪ
Harvey
ˈhɑːvɪ
jarvey
ˈdʒɑːvɪ
jarvie
ˈdʒɑːvɪ
Mohave
məʊˈhɑːvɪ
Mojave
məʊˈhɑːvɪ
movie
ˈmuːvɪ
nervy
ˈnɜːvɪ
peavey
ˈpiːvɪ
peavy
ˈpiːvɪ
pervy
ˈpɜːvɪ
poovy
ˈpuːvɪ
topsy-turvy
ˈtɒpsɪˈtɜːvɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SCURVY

scur
scurf
scurfiness
scurfy
scurried
scurrier
scurries
scurril
scurrile
scurrility
scurrilous
scurrilously
scurrilousness
scurriour
scurry
scurvier
scurviest
scurvily
scurviness
scurvy grass

WORDS THAT END LIKE SCURVY

anchovy
bevy
chevy
Davy
divvy
envy
gravy
heavy
ivy
levy
navvy
navy
poison ivy
privy
Royal Navy
savvy
superheavy
the navy
top-heavy
wavy

Synonyms and antonyms of scurvy in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SCURVY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «scurvy» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of scurvy

Translation of «scurvy» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SCURVY

Find out the translation of scurvy to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of scurvy from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «scurvy» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

坏血病
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

escorbuto
570 millions of speakers

English

scurvy
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

स्कर्वी
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الاسقربوط
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

цинга
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

escorbuto
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

মামড়ি-পড়া
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

scorbut
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Scurvy
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Skorbut
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

壊血病
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

괴혈병
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Scurvy
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đê tiện
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஸ்கர்வி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

तिरस्करणीय
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

aşağılık
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

scorbuto
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

szkorbut
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

цинга
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

scorbut
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

σκορβούτο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

skeurbuik
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

skörbjugg
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

skjørbuk
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of scurvy

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SCURVY»

The term «scurvy» is regularly used and occupies the 75.772 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SCURVY» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about scurvy

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3 QUOTES WITH «SCURVY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word scurvy.
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Mark Hyman
Paradoxically Americans are becoming both more obese and more nutrient deficient at the same time. Obese children eating processed foods are nutrient depleted and increasingly get scurvy and rickets, diseases we thought were left behind in the 19th and 20th centuries.
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Harry Johnston
As the winter set in with its customary Canadian severity the real trouble of the French began. They did not suffer from the cold, but they were dying of scurvy.
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Junipero Serra
Here are also the two vessels, but the San Carlos without sailors, all having died of the scurvy, except two.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SCURVY»

Discover the use of scurvy in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to scurvy and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Scurvy: How a Surgeon, a Mariner, and a Gentlemen Solved the ...
From the earliest recorded appearance of the disease in the sixteenth century, to the eighteenth century, where a man had only half a chance of surviving the scourge, to the early nineteenth century, when the British conquered scurvy and ...
Stephen R. Bown, 2005
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The History of Scurvy and Vitamin C
This is a survey of the fascinating history of the various ideas and theories causing scurvy.
Kenneth J. Carpenter, 1988
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Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of ...
The stories in Hoosh are linked by the ingenuity, good humor, and indifference to gruel that make Anthony’s tale as entertaining as it is enlightening.
Jason C. Anthony, 2012
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James Cook and the Conquest of Scurvy
The health of explorers is paramount to their success.
Francis E. Cuppage, 1994
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Scurvy Goonda
While adventure-loving vegetarians will find much to savor, this is a must-read for all who love bacon—which plays a key role in the story’s sizzling climax! From the Hardcover edition.
Chris McCoy, 2009
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The Power of Water-dock Against the Scurvy: Whether in the ...
perfect incapacity of doing hurt, is fo ftrictly and exaflly true of this, that it has preferved the fame character, though taken where the Scurvy was complicated with many other difeafes. I have been the more exprefs in thefe plain aflertions, ...
John Hill, 1765
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Pirate Haiku: Bilge-sucking Poems of Booty, Grog, and ...
From trading rum for buxom beauties to fighting those limey British bastards, this book reveals the swaggering derring-do of these plundering and treacherous buccaneers--17 syllables at a time!
Michael P. Spradlin, 2010
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Limeys: The Conquest of Scurvy
Limeys is the dramatic history of Dr James Lind's super-human efforts to find a cure for scurvy in the face of prejudice and political and establishment antipathy.
David I. Harvie, 2005
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Diffusion of Innovations, 4th Edition
Controlling Scurvy in the British Navy: Innovations Do Not Sell Themselves Many technologists believe that advantageous innovations will sell themselves, that the obvious benefits of a new idea will be widely realized by potential adopters, ...
Everett M. Rogers, 2010
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Subcellular Biochemistry: Biochemistry and Biochemical Cell ...
Among mammals, however, humans, other primates, and guinea pigs cannot exceptionally produce this vitamin, and as a consequence, they are subject to a vitamin C-deficiency disease, scurvy, if the supply of vitamin C from their diet is not ...
J. Robin Harris, 1996

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SCURVY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term scurvy is used in the context of the following news items.
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New Analysis reveals Italian Girl given Witch Burial probably just …
The remains of a teenage girl from medieval times given a witch burial in which she was placed face-down in a deep tomb is believed to have had scurvy that ... «Ancient Origins, May 15»
2
Medieval 'Witch Girl' Suffered From Scurvy
A Medieval teenage girl found buried face-down last year in northern Italy suffered from scurvy and was rejected by her community, according to new study of ... «Discovery News, May 15»
3
A rum tale about the navy's favourite drink
The lemon would have provided some much-needed vitamin C to stave off scurvy. He was known as Old Grog because of the cloak he wore – made of the ... «The Guardian, Apr 15»
4
Dylan Seabridge, aged eight, died of scurvy, says coroner
An eight-year-old Pembrokeshire boy died of scurvy, a coroner has ruled. Dylan Mungo Seabridge, from Dolau, Eglwyswrw, died from the disease shortly after ... «BBC News, Jan 15»
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Parents of boy,8, who died of suspected scurvy will not face charges
The mother and father of a eight-year-old boy who allegedly died of scurvy will no longer face criminal charges, prosecutors said today. Julie Seabridge, 46, and ... «Daily Mail, Nov 14»
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Severe Scurvy Struck Christopher Columbus's Crew
Severe scurvy struck Columbus's crew during his second voyage and after its end, forensic archaeologists suggest, likely leading to the collapse of the first ... «National Geographic, Apr 14»
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Sourcing Scurvy – And How to Fix It
Scurvy – “often presents itself initially as symptoms of malaise and lethargy. As scurvy advances, there can be open wounds, loss of teeth, jaundice, fever, ... «Spend Matters, Apr 14»
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Send pickles to fight scurvy -- State Journal editorial during Civil War
Are you aware the scurvy is prevailing in our army, and our troops are diminishing every day in consequence? If so, why not try to alleviate their sufferings, and ... «Madison.com, Mar 14»
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Scurvy Is Returning To Britain, Labour's Andy Burnham Claims
Liberal Democrat former minister Jeremy Browne queried Burnham's claims on scurvy and told the Commons: "I was extremely concerned, especially as we're ... «Huffington Post UK, Feb 14»
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Vitamins' Old, Old Edge
The crew was suffering from scurvy, a disease that was then both bitterly familiar and deeply mysterious. No one knew why it struck sailors or how to cure it. «New York Times, Dec 13»

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