tuberculosis of the lymphatic glands, esp. of the neck, characterized by the enlargement of the glands, suppuration, and scar formation
Origin of scrofulaMedieval Latin ; from Classical Latin scrofulae, plural , swellings of the neck glands ; from diminutive of scrofa, a sow: probably from the swollen condition of the glands
A form of tuberculosis affecting the lymph nodes, especially of the neck, that is most common in children and is usually spread by unpasteurized milk from infected cows. Also called struma.
Origin of scrofulaMiddle English scrophula, from Late Latin scr&omacron;fulae, swelling of the glands, diminutive of Latin scr&omacron;fa, sow; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(plural scrofulas or scrofulae or scrofulÃ¦)