a deficiency disease caused by lack of vitamin B, thiamine, in the diet: it is characterized by nerve disorders and, sometimes, by edema due to heart dysfunction
Origin of beriberiSinhalese, intensive reduplicated, reduplication of beri, weakness
A disease caused by a deficiency of thiamine, endemic in eastern and southern Asia and characterized by neurological symptoms, cardiovascular abnormalities, and edema.
Origin of beriberiSinhalese, reduplication of beri, weakness.
OriginSee also: béribéri
Borrowed from Sinhalese, reduplication of [script?] (beri, “weakness”).