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phthisic

[tiz-ik, thiz-] /ˈtɪz ɪk, ˈθɪz-/ Pathology
noun
1.
a wasting disease of the lungs; phthisis.
2.
3.
a person who suffers from phthisis.
adjective
4.
pertaining to phthisis; phthisical.
Origin of phthisic
1300-1350
1300-50; < Latin phthisicus < Greek phthisikós (see phthisis, -ic); replacing Middle English tisike < Medieval Latin (p)tisicus; Latin, as above
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Examples from the Web for phthisic
Historical Examples
  • Yes, there's considerable of ager and phthisic and bilious fever.

    Hoosier Mosaics Maurice Thompson
  • They call it phthisic only because thats the very hardest word in the book to spell.

    The Last of the Flatboats George Cary Eggleston
  • She put it on her knee, and played a tune that would have made gout, cholic and phthisic dance upon their last legs.

    Peg Woffington Charles Reade
  • Then Dilsie could sleep in the cabin, as she ought to on account of the jimsonweed in her phthisic pipe.

    The Tinder-Box Maria Thompson Daviess
British Dictionary definitions for phthisic

phthisic

/ˈθaɪsɪk; ˈfθaɪsɪk; ˈtaɪsɪk/
adjective
1.
relating to or affected with phthisis
noun
2.
another name for asthma
Derived Forms
phthisical, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French tisike, from Latin phthisicus, from Greek phthisikos; see phthisis
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Word Origin and History for phthisic
adj.

late 14c., tysyk "of or pertaining to a wasting disease," from Old French tisike, phtisique "consumptive" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *phthisicus, from Greek phthisikos "consumptive," from phthisis "wasting, consumption" (see phthisis). Earlier in English as a noun meaning "wasting disease of the lungs" (mid-14c.). Related: Phthisical.

The old pronunciation dropped the ph-, but this will probably recover its sound now that everyone can read.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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