Arousing disgust or scorn; contemptible, despicable
ETYM Probably from the same source as scorbute, but influenced by scurf, scurfy, scurvy, adj; cf. Dutch scheurbuik scurvy, German scharbock, Late Lat. scorbutus. Related to Scorbute.
Disease, due to deficiency of vitamin C, marked by skin hemorrhage, anemia, spongy gums, etc.
A condition caused by deficiency of ascorbic acid (vitamin c).
Disease caused by deficiency of vitamin C (ascorbic acid), which is contained in fresh vegetables and fruit. The signs are weakness and aching joints and muscles, progressing to bleeding of the gums and other spontaneous hemorrhage, and drying-up of the skin and hair. It is reversed by giving the vitamin.