Scurvy is a disease that results from a lack of vitamin C. It causes a person to become weak and pale, and it can be deadly.

  • The crew was suffering from scurvy, and they were almost all sick.

  • The scurvy epidemic was spreading on the ship, and it was going to be difficult to cure it.

Definition of scurvy


a condition caused by deficiency of ascorbic acid (vitamin C)




of the most contemptible kind


abject, low, low-down, miserable, scummy

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Example Sentences for scurvy

  • 1

    Deficiency in this vitamin causes the disease scurvy in humans.

  • 2

    Scurvy is a disease caused by the deficiency of nutrition from food.

  • 3

    The lack of food led to starvation and outbreaks of scurvy and other diseases.

  • 4

    Starvation, exposure and scurvy all contributed to the deaths.

  • 5

    Cold, famine, and scurvy destroyed most of the men.

  • 6

    A lime adds to the taste and helps prevent scurvy.

  • 7

    Brusilov became ill and many of the crew succumbed to scurvy.

  • 8

    Many were also suffering from the effects of scurvy.

  • 9

    During the journey to France twenty five died of scurvy.

  • 10

    Many of the settlers died from starvation, scurvy, or the cold weather.