Definition of Scrofula

1. Noun. A form of tuberculosis characterized by swellings of the lymphatic glands.

Exact synonyms: King's Evil, Struma
Generic synonyms: T.b., Tb, Tuberculosis
Derivative terms: Scrofulous



Definition of Scrofula

1. n. A constitutional disease, generally hereditary, especially manifested by chronic enlargement and cheesy degeneration of the lymphatic glands, particularly those of the neck, and marked by a tendency to the development of chronic intractable inflammations of the skin, mucous membrane, bones, joints, and other parts, and by a diminution in the power of resistance to disease or injury and the capacity for recovery. Scrofula is now generally held to be tuberculous in character, and may develop into general or local tuberculosis (consumption).

Definition of Scrofula

1. Noun. A form of tuberculosis, most common in children, tending to cause enlarged and degenerated lymph glands, especially in the neck, and often chronic, intractable skin inflammation as well. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Scrofula

1. a disease of the lymph glands [n -S]

Medical Definition of Scrofula

1. A constitutional disease, generally hereditary, especially manifested by chronic enlargement and cheesy degeneration of the lymphatic glands, particularly those of the neck, and marked by a tendency to the development of chronic intractable inflammations of the skin, mucous membrane, bones, joints, and other parts, and by a diminution in the power of resistance to disease or injury and the capacity for recovery. Scrofula is now generally held to be tuberculous in character, and may develop into general or local tuberculosis (consumption). Origin: L. Scrofulae, fr. Scrofa a breeding sow, because swine were supposed to be subject to such a complaint, or by a fanciful comparison of the glandular swellings to little pigs; perhaps akin to Gr. An old sow: cf. F. Scrofules. Cf. Scroyle. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scrofula

scrobe
scrobes
scrobicula
scrobiculae
scrobicular
scrobiculate
scrobiculated
scrobiculus cordis
scrod
scroddled
scroddles
scroddling
scrode
scrods
scrofula (current term)
scrofulae
scrofulas
scrofulide
scrofulides
scrofuloderma
scrofuloses
scrofulosis
scrofulous
scrofulous keratitis
scrofulous rhinitis
scrofulously
scrofulousness
scrofulæ
scrog

Literary usage of Scrofula

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1. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1845)
"Humidity was thought necessary to keep the threads fresh. Nearly all the inhabitants were seized with scrofula, and many families, ..."

2. The Lancet (1842)
"The result of my expérience is, that a resilience at the sea-side is absolutely required for the cure of scrofula in all caso, excepting only where the ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1850)
"scrofula not only produces specific diseases, but modifies all which happen ... scrofula is supposed to affect one-fifth of mankind : of those who are born ..."

4. Journal of the Statistical Society of London by Statistical Society (Great Britain) (1846)
"THE paper which I have tlie honour to read to you this evening, is founded upon returns which are already before the public in my work on scrofula*. ..."

5. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1810)
"In a treatise on scrofula proceeding from his pen, therefore, we thought it was not unreasonable to look for a full account of the ..."

6. The Diseases of Children: A Work for the Practising Physician by Meinhard von Pfaundler, Arthur Schlossmann, Henry Larned Keith Shaw, Linnæus Edford La Fétra (1908)
"NY scrofula is a disease of childhood, and of puberty, occurring somewhat ... At the beginning of the last century, the name scrofula was very often used ..."

7. A Treatise on the diseases of infancy and childhood by Job Lewis Smith (1890)
"THE term scrofula (tero/a, a pig, from the resemblance of the enlarged ... scrofula is congenital or acquired. Parents who had scrofulous symptoms in early ..."

8. The Monthly Review by Charles William Wason (1844)
"Dupuy found tubercles in the lungs of dogs—though they were supposed at one time by Andral to be free from scrofula : and in the horse also in a very great ..."

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