Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to beriberi heart: Thiamine deficiency
heart disease due to thiamine deficiency that may be epidemic or sporadic as characterized by cardiac metabolic damage and myocardial failure, often of the "high output" type, with edema (except in "dry" shoshin beriberi) and polyneuritis. The term is derived from Singhalese, "I am unable."
Heart failure caused by thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency (e.g., in patients with chronic alcoholism or malnutrition).
See also: heart