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Definition of 'alpine scurvy'


  1. a disease caused by deficiency of niacin or tryptophan (or by a defect in the metabolic conversion of tryptophan to niacin); characterized by gastrointestinal disturbances and erythema and nervous or mental disorders; may be caused by malnutrition or alcoholism or other nutritional impairments
       Synonyms: pellagra mal de la rosa mal rosso maidism mayidism Saint Ignatius' itch

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