Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Curing or preventing scurvy: an antiscorbutic vitamin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. preventing or curing scurvy
  • n. A medicine that prevents or cures scurvy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Counteracting scurvy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In medicine, counteracting scurvy.
  • n. A remedy for scurvy, as lemon-juice, ripe fruits, etc.

Etymologies

From anti- and scorbutic (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But this vitamin was previously called the antiscorbutic vitamin on the ground that the lack there of caused the disease of scurvy, so much dreaded by the polar explorers of earlier times.

    Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1937 - Presentation Speech

  • The third, the so-called antiscorbutic vitamine because of its action as preventative and cure for scurvy, is found in certain fruits and vegetables.

    Northern Nut Growers Association, Report Of The Proceedings At The Tenth Annual Meeting. Battle Creek, Michigan, December 9 and 10, 1919

  • The men…in quest of musk-oxen, caribou, and Arctic hare: for Peary, who never had a single case of scurvy on any of his expeditions, fully appreciated the value of fresh meat as an antiscorbutic.

    Are we meat eaters or vegetarians? Part II | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • Stefansson demostrated that fresh, lightly cooked meat contains an antiscorbutic a substance that prevents scurvy, which is lost when meat is cooked to much.

    Odds and ends | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • For three months, they had some success in keeping it at bay, perhaps by hunting and fishing in late fall and early winter, which brought supplies of fresh meat that many explorers have found to possess antiscorbutic properties, and possibly by eating roots and husks that offered a source of vitamin C.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Probably they also had antiscorbutic plants and herbal remedies.21

    Champlain's Dream

  • Surgeon Goodsir was hoarding and doling out the marmalade as an antiscorbutic, but Lieutenant Irving knew that the treat was one of the few things the Esquimaux girl had ever shown enthusiasm about when accepting Mr. Diggle's offerings of food.

    The Terror

  • Dr. McDonald, assistant surgeon aboard HMS Terror — my counterpart there as it were — has theories that heavily salted food is not as efficient and antiscorbutic as fresh or nonsalted Victuals, and since the regular seamen aboard both ships prefer their Salted Pork to all other meals, Dr. McDonald worries that the heavily salted birds will add little to our Defenses against Scurvy.

    The Terror

  • Besides their required antiscorbutic lemon juice that day — Dr. McDonald was now fretting that the five-gallon kegs were losing their potency — the seamen each received an extra gill of grog before dinner.

    The Terror

  • An equal weight — 9,300 pounds — of lemon juice has also been brought as our primary antiscorbutic measure.

    The Terror

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  • "Doctors began prescribing cider to sailors in the late seventeenth century because of its supposed antiscorbutic properties."
    —Sarah Hand Meacham, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), 31

    June 9, 2010