Meaning of beriberi

ber•i•ber•i

Pronunciation: (ber'ē-ber'ē), [key]
— n. Pathol.
  1. a disease of the peripheral nerves caused by a deficiency of vitamin B, characterized by pain in and paralysis of the extremities, and severe emaciation or swelling of the body.
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