Pathology. a disease marked by swollen and bleeding gums, livid spots on the skin, prostration, etc., due to a diet lacking in vitamin C.
adjective, scurvier, scurviest.
contemptible; despicable; mean: a scurvy trick.

1555–65; scurf + -y1

scurvily, adverb
scurviness, noun

scurfy, scurvy. Unabridged
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scurvy (ˈskɜːvɪ)
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
Related: scorbutic
[C16: see scurf]

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Word Origin & History

c.1565, noun use of adj. scurvy (c.1425), variant of scurfy (see scurf). It took on the meaning of Du. scheurbuik, Fr. scorbut "scurvy," the disease characterized by swollen and bleeding gums, prostration, etc., perhaps from O.N. skyrbjugr, perhaps lit. "a swelling (bjugr)
from drinking sour milk (skyr) on long sea voyages;" but OED has alternative etymology of M.Du. or M.L.G. origin, as "disease that lacerates the belly," from schoren "to lacerate" + M.L.G. buk, Du. buik "belly."
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Medical Dictionary

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.

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Science Dictionary
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.
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Example sentences
They developed pain medicines, birth-control drugs, and treatment for scurvy.
The lack of fruits or vegetables often led to outbreaks of scurvy and other diseases.
The first wrappers, purely utilitarian, were used to protect the oranges carried by ships to prevent scurvy.
Rebound scurvy can occur after abrupt withdrawal from long-term large doses.
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