Meaning of antiscorbutic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌantɪskɔːˈbjuːtɪk/


  • (chiefly of a drug) having the effect of preventing or curing scurvy.

    ‘In 1747 the British naval surgeon James Lind conducted experiments on antiscorbutic substances - that is, those able to prevent scurvy.’
    • ‘Gilbert Blane and Thomas Beddoes, highly esteemed authorities on scurvy in the 18th century, rightly doubted that there was any antiscorbutic virtue in malt.’
    • ‘There are several isomers, only one of which has significant antiscorbutic properties.’
    • ‘Many beneficial properties have been assigned to the mango such as its antiscorbutic, diuretic, laxative and astringent effects; but the fact still remains that it is a fruit that is high in sugar.’
    • ‘Vitamin C may be best known for its antiscorbutic and antioxidant properties.’


  • An antiscorbutic food or drug.

    ‘Cook did, for example, but other captains didn't and it was an imperfectly understood thing, that you had to have antiscorbutics in the diet otherwise you got scurvy.’
    • ‘To provide the men with antiscorbutics while on campaign, they pickled everything that would pickle, from onions to potatoes to artichokes.’
    • ‘The juice of lemons and oranges are antiscorbutics never enough to be commended.’
    • ‘Lemon juice is probably the best of all antiscorbutics, being almost a specific in scurvy.’
    • ‘It is also likely that the 1913 Scott expedition to Antarctica failed due to the absence of any antiscorbutics.’