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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


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From a popular belief that the King could cure the disease by touching the sufferer.


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  • If I were king, I'd be inclined to have more of a no touchie policy, not being down with the sharing of scabrous lesions.

    October 23, 2008

  • "Scrofula," 1387, translates M.L. regius morbus; so called because the kings of England and France claimed to heal it by their touch. In England, the custom dates from Edward the Confessor and was continued through the Stuarts (Charles II touched 90,798 sufferers) but was ended by the Hanoverians (1714).

    October 23, 2008