Definition of tuberculosis in English:

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tuberculosis

Pronunciation: /tjʊˌbəːkjʊˈləʊsɪs/
(abbreviation TB)

noun

[mass noun]
An infectious bacterial disease characterized by the growth of nodules (tubercles) in the tissues, especially the lungs.
Example sentences
  • The children then succumb to diseases like tuberculosis, pneumonia and meningitis.
  • There are few medicines used to treat diseases like malaria, tuberculosis and polio that have patents on them now.
  • He worked on typhoid fever and tuberculosis a disease he contracted himself.

The most common form, pulmonary tuberculosis (formerly known as ‘consumption’), is caused by inhalation of the bacteria. It was widespread in 19th-century Europe, and still causes millions of deaths each year in developing countries. The disease can affect other parts of the body, notably the bones and joints and the central nervous system. Its spread is countered by vaccination and by the pasteurization of milk to prevent transmission from cattle. It was once considered incurable, but early X-ray diagnosis permits its arrest by drugs and surgery.

Origin

Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin tuberculum (see tubercle) + -osis.

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