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English Glossary of Causes of Death and other Archaic Medical Terms

Kaffir Milk Pox

Variola Minor.

Kakke

Beriberi.

Kala Azar

Visceral Leishmaniasis.

Kandahar Sore

Cutaneous Leishmaniasis.

Kaokao

Hawaiian word for Syphilis. [Appleton1904].

Kedani Fever

Scrub Typhus.

Kidney Stone

A calculus formed in the kidney; Renal Calculus. [Wordnet].

Kile

Ulcer.

Kimputu

Relapsing Fever.

Kincough / Kindcough

Pertussis.

King's Evil

Morbus Regis. A scrofulous disease, the curing of which was formerly attributed to the king of England, from the time of Edward the Confessor. This practice was called touching for the evil. [Hoblyn1855].

An old, but not yet obsolete, name given to the scrofula, which in the popular estimation was deemed capable of cure by the royal touch. The practice of " touching " for the scrofula, or " King's Evil," was confined amongst the nations of Europe to the two Royal Houses of England and France. As the monarchs of both these countries owned the exclusive right of being anointed with the pure chrism, and not with the ordinary sacred oil, it has been surmised that the common belief in the sanctity of the chrism was in some manner inseparably connected with faith in the healing powers of the royal touch. [Britannica1911].

Scrofula, a tubercular infection of the throat lymph glands; also sometimes syphilis. The name originated in the time of Edward the Confessor, with the belief that the disease could be cured by the touch of the king of England. [Webster1913].

Example from a 1740 Death Record from England:

Kink

A fit of coughing. [Webster].

Kinkcough

Pertussis.

Kinkhaust

Whooping Cough. [Obs.or Prov. Eng.].

Kinkhost

Pertussis.

Kissing Disease

Infectious Mononucleosis.

Kroop

Croup.

Kutubuth

An Arabic name of a species of melancholy in which the patient is never quiet at any one place, but wanders about here and there. [Dunglison1855].

Kwashiorkor

Severe protein malnutrition, especially in children after weaning, marked by lethargy, growth retardation, anemia, edema, potbelly, skin depigmentation, and hair loss or change in hair color. [Heritage].

Kyphosis

A posterior curvature of the thoracic spine usually the result of a disease (lung disease, Paget's disease) or a congenital problem; Hunchback. [CancerWEB].