What is scurvy?

  • (noun): A condition caused by deficiency of ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
    Synonyms: scorbutus
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Scurvy

Scurvy is a disease resulting from a deficiency of vitamin C, which is required for the synthesis of collagen in humans. The chemical name for vitamin C, ascorbic acid, is derived from the Latin name of scurvy, scorbutus, which also provides the adjective scorbutic ("of, characterized by or having to do with scurvy"). Scurvy often presents itself initially as symptoms of malaise and lethargy, followed by formation of spots on the skin, spongy gums, and bleeding from the mucous membranes. Spots are most abundant on the thighs and legs, and a person with the ailment looks pale, feels depressed, and is partially immobilized. As scurvy advances, there can be open, suppurating wounds, loss of teeth, jaundice, fever, neuropathy and death.

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Axel Holst
... at the University of Oslo, known for his contributions to beriberi and scurvy ... Frølich, a pediatrician, Holst suspected a nutritional deficiency for scurvy in the Norwegian fishing fleet, then called "shipboard beriberi," and thought to be a variant of beri-beri ... shown to be among the very few mammals capable of showing scurvy-like symptoms, while pigeons, as seed-eating birds, were later shown to make their own vitamin C in the liver, and could not develop scurvy ...
Placebo-controlled Study - History - James Lind and Scurvy
... the first clinical trial when he investigated the efficacy of citrus fruit in cases of scurvy ... He randomly divided twelve scurvy patients, whose "cases were as similar as I could have them", into six pairs ... According to Lind’s 1753 Treatise on the Scurvy in Three Parts Containing an Inquiry into the Nature, Causes, and Cure of the Disease, Together with a Critical ...
Svenskehuset Tragedy - 2008 Expedition
... It was long believed that the men had died from scurvy an ailment caused by lack of vitamin C, and common in polar regions ... historical evidence were not consistent with death from scurvy, however ... all, the men all seemed to have fallen ill at the same time, which would have been peculiar if scurvy had been the cause ...
Scurvy - In Other Animals
... Most plant and animal species synthesize vitamin C ... Notable mammalian group exceptions include most or all of the order Chiroptera (bats), and one of the two major primate suborders, the "Anthropoidea" (Haplorrhini) (tarsiers, monkeys and apes, including human beings) ...
Blue-Zoo Productions - Awards
2006) for Best Children's Animation for Those Scurvy Rascals British Animation Award (2006) for Best Children's Series for Those Scurvy Rascals British Animation Award (2006) for Children's Choice Award ...

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