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- n. scrofula
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- n. scrofula; -- so called because formerly supposed to be healed by the touch of a king.
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- n. a form of tuberculosis characterized by swellings of the lymphatic glands
From a popular belief that the King could cure the disease by touching the sufferer. (Wiktionary)