Definition of phthisis in English:


Syllabification: phthi·sis
Pronunciation: /ˈTHīsis, ˈtī-


Medicine, archaic
Pulmonary tuberculosis or a similar progressive systemic disease.
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  • 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’.


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



Pronunciation: /ˈtizik, ˈTHizik/
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  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈtizikəl, ˈTHiz-/
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  • 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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