Noun Beriberi Definition and Examples







A disease causing inflammation of the nerves and heart failure, ascribed to a deficiency of vitamin B₁.
  1. 'His body was ridden with disease - beriberi, dysentery and scurvy - and his doctor's prognosis was grim.'
  2. 'This was determined to be one of the vitamins that prevented beriberi, a deficiency disease marked by inflammatory or degenerative changes of the nerves, digestive system and heart.'
((n.) An acute disease occurring in India, characterized by multiple inflammatory changes in the nerves, producing great muscular debility, a painful rigidity of the limbs, and cachexy.)

Early 18th century: from Sinhalese, from beri ‘weakness’.

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