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Latin diminutive of scrofa (a breeding sow), because swine were supposed to be subject to the complaint; or by fanciful comparison of the glandular swellings to little pigs.


scrofulide (plural scrofulides)

  1. (rare) Any affliction of the skin dependent on scrofula.
    • 1870: Title American Journal of Syphilography and Dermatology: Publisher F.W. Christern: "After recovery from tinea tonsurans...crusts and epidermic exfoliations form on the scalp. It is a benign scrofulide induced by the trycophyton."