Origin of beriberiSinhalese, intensive reduplicated, reduplication of beri, weakness
Origin of beriberiFrom Sinhalese bæribæri intensive reduplication of bæri unable, impossible (in reference to the weakness experienced by beriberi sufferers) from Sanskrit dialectal abhāriya- variant of Sanskrit abhārya- not to be borne, unbearable a- not ; see ahimsa. bhārya- to be borne or supported ( from bharati he carries, brings ; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.)
Borrowed from Sinhalese, reduplication of [script?] (beri, “weakness”).