a deficiency disease caused by lack of vitamin B1
, thiamine, in the diet
: it is characterized by nerve disorders and, sometimes, by edema due
to heart dysfunction
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Word origin of 'beriberi'Sinhalese, intens. redupl. of beri, weakness