ascorbic acid deficiencymedical dictionary

A condition due to a dietary deficiency of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), characterised by malaise, lethargy, and weakness. As the disease progresses, joints, muscles, and subcutaneous tissues may become the sites of haemorrhage. Ascorbic acid deficiency frequently develops into scurvy in young children fed unsupplemented cow's milk exclusively during their first year. It develops also commonly in chronic alcoholism.

(12 Dec 1998)

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