from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A disease, such as scurvy, beriberi, or pellagra, caused by deficiency of one or more essential vitamins.

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  • noun Any disease which 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.

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  • 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. Stories


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