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- noun A disease, such as scurvy, beriberi, or pellagra, caused by deficiency of one or more essential vitamins.
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- noun Any
diseasewhich is caused by vitamin deficiency.
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- noun any of several diseases caused by deficiency of one or more vitamins
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Drinking affects several body processes: it gives general intoxication, dehydration, changes electrolyte, acid-alkali, protein and brain neiromediator balances, creates avitaminosis.
For POWs detained for 30 days or more, such eligibility covers any of the following illnesses that are found at least 10 percent disabling: avitaminosis; beriberi; chronic dysentery; cirrhosis of the liver; helminthiasis; irritable bowel syndrome and malnutrition, including associated optic atrophy.