|1.||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 teethRelated: scorbutic|
|—adj , -vier, -viest|
|2.||mean or despicable: a scurvy knave|
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scurvy scur·vy (skûr'vē)
A disease caused by deficiency of vitamin C and characterized by spongy bleeding gums, bleeding under the skin, and weakness.
|scurvy (skûr'vē) Pronunciation Key
A disease caused by vitamin C deficiency, characterized by bleeding of the gums, rupture of capillaries under the skin, loose teeth, and generalized weakness.