Beriberi meaning

bĕrē-bĕrē
A disease caused by a deficiency of thiamine, endemic in eastern and southern Asia and characterized by neurological symptoms, cardiovascular abnormalities, and edema.
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A deficiency disease caused by lack of vitamin B1, thiamine, in the diet: it is characterized by nerve disorders and, sometimes, by edema due to heart dysfunction.
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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.
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A disease caused by a deficiency of thiamine, endemic in eastern and southern Asia, and characterized by neurological symptoms, cardiovascular abnormalities, and edema.
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(pathology) An ailment caused by a deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B1), leading to lethargy and organ complications.
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Origin of beriberi

  • Sinhalese reduplication of beri weakness

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowed from Sinhalese, reduplication of [script?] (beri, “weakness”).

    From Wiktionary