- a wasting away.
- pulmonary tuberculosis; consumption.
Origin of phthisis
Examples from the Web for phthisis
He could hear nothing at all, that woman could never have suffered from phthisis.
Was this, then, some special case of phthisis complicated by neurosis?
She brought up her niece Sophie, who was cured of phthisis by Doctor Pascal.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
And yet, he is not the only one in Baalbek who returned from America with phthisis.The Book of Khalid
His mother died in his ninth year, after a second marriage, a victim to phthisis.Maxim Gorki
- any disease that causes wasting of the body, esp pulmonary tuberculosis
Word Origin and History for phthisis
1520s, from Late Latin phthisis "consumption," from Greek phthisis "wasting, consumption; perishing, decay; waxing," from phthiein "to decay, waste away," from PIE root *dhgwhei- "to perish, die away" (cf. Sanskrit ksitih "destruction," ksinati "perishes").
- A disease characterized by the wasting away or atrophy of the body or part of the body.
- Tuberculosis of the lungs. No longer in technical use.