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[too-bur-kyuh-luh s, tyoo-] /tʊˈbɜr kyə ləs, tyʊ-/
affected with tuberculosis:
a hospital for tuberculous people.
Origin of tuberculous
1740-50; < Latin tūbercul(um) tubercle + -ous
Related forms
tuberculously, adverb
antituberculous, adjective
nontuberculous, adjective
untuberculous, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tuberculous
Historical Examples
  • This is doubtless quite correct, but why should the bishop be tuberculous?

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • Examination of all members of a family where one member is discovered to be tuberculous.

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
  • Cows are exceedingly liable to tuberculous disease of the udder.

    Papers on Health John Kirk
  • tuberculous cattle are equally objectionable as food for dogs.

    Sporting Dogs

    Frank Townend Barton
  • The sides of the face, and round the eyes, are bare and tuberculous.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • Contamination of milk by the manure of tuberculous cows can also occur.

    Food Poisoning Edwin Oakes Jordan
  • Only those familiar with many autopsies on the tuberculous can appreciate this.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • Nurses made in all 39,737 visits to the homes of the tuberculous patients.

  • The tuberculous ulcer is described in the chapter on ulcers.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • It is possible that the tuberculous tissue may undergo cicatrisation.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
British Dictionary definitions for tuberculous


of or relating to tuberculosis or tubercles; tubercular
Derived Forms
tuberculously, adverb
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tuberculous in Medicine

tuberculous tu·ber·cu·lous (tu-bûr'kyə-ləs, tyu-)

  1. Of, relating to, or having tuberculosis.

  2. Of, affected with, or caused by tubercles.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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