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Definition of Beriberi

Beriberi: Inflammation of multiple nerves (polyneuritis), heart disease (cardiopathy), and edema (swelling) due to a deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B1) in the diet.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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