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 scrōfulae swelling of the glands diminutive of Latin scrōfa sow ; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
(plural scrofulas or scrofulae or scrofulÃ¦)