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beriberi

[ber-ee-ber-ee] /ˈbɛr iˈbɛr i/
noun, Pathology
1.
a disease of the peripheral nerves caused by a deficiency of vitamin B 1 , characterized by pain in and paralysis of the extremities, and severe emaciation or swelling of the body.
Origin of beriberi
1695-1705
1695-1705; < Sinhalese, reduplication of beri weakness
Related forms
beriberic, adjective
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Historical Examples
  • beriberi (or Berberi) is the name given them by the Hausa (see Bornu).

  • This relationship was first brought forward by Bradden and Cooper in regard to beriberi.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • These phenomena resemble closely the description of Reinhard in cases of beriberi.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • Edema is frequently met with in “ship beriberi,” a disorder considered by some writers to be a combination of beriberi and scurvy.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • In this connection we cannot help contrasting the relation of beriberi to breast feeding.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • The presence of worms has been frequently reported in the bowel or in the stool of patients suffering from beriberi.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • Ship-beriberi is generally regarded as a combination of beriberi and scurvy.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • Results of this kind show that there must be a relationship between the etiologic factors of scurvy and of beriberi.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • In beriberi, Andrews observed frequent congestion of the spleen and also a loss of normal markings.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • This bears only a partial resemblance to beriberi, as there is no edema, nor dyspnœa, and its course is more chronic.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
British Dictionary definitions for beriberi

beriberi

/ˌbɛrɪˈbɛrɪ/
noun
1.
a disease, endemic in E and S Asia, caused by dietary deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B1). It affects the nerves to the limbs, producing pain, paralysis, and swelling
Word Origin
C19: from Sinhalese, by reduplication from beri weakness
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Word Origin and History for beriberi
n.

also beri-beri, paralytic disease prevalent in much of India, 1703, literally "great weakness," intensifying reduplication of Sinhalese beri "weakness."

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beriberi in Medicine

beriberi ber·i·ber·i (běr'ē-běr'ē)
n.
A disease caused by a deficiency of thiamine, endemic in eastern and southern Asia, and characterized by neurological symptoms, cardiovascular abnormalities, and edema. Also called endemic neuritis.

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beriberi in Science
beriberi
  (běr'ē-běr'ē)   
A disease caused by a deficiency of thiamine, endemic in eastern and southern Asia, and characterized by neurological symptoms, cardiovascular abnormalities, and edema.
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