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, characterized by neurological symptoms, cardiovascular abnormalities, and edema, and occurring chiefly in individuals whose diet consists largely of polished rice.
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.)
OriginSee also: béribéri
Borrowed from Sinhalese, reduplication of [script?] (beri, “weakness”).