Definition of phthisis in English:

phthisis

Line breaks: phthi|sis
Pronunciation: /ˈ(f)θʌɪsɪs
 
, ˈtʌɪ-/

noun

[mass noun] Medicine, archaic
Pulmonary tuberculosis or a similar progressive wasting disease.
More example sentences
  • He learned to recognize pneumonia, bronchiectasis, pleurisy, emphysema, pneumothorax, phthisis, and other lung diseases from the sounds he heard with his stethoscope.
  • Death rates from silicosis, miners' phthisis, and tubercular diseases were very high on the Rand.
  • In fact he had died there from phthisis on 9 December 1886: the death certificate describes him as a ‘musician’.

Origin

mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek, from phthinein 'to decay'.

Derivatives

phthisic

adjective
More example sentences
  • It was said that the urine of phthisic patients is "high coloured and deposits a brawny red sediment."
  • Shelley’s tribute expressed what would become the central metaphor of consumption in the 19th century, the idea that the phthisic body is consumed from within by its passions.

phthisical

adjective
More example sentences
  • If there be a special or specific hereditary predisposition - we should find the children of such parents phthisical in greater proportion than the children of parents whose debility arises from other causes.
  • The sputum of phthisical patients is the vehicle by which the tubercle gains access to the air.

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