phthisic

[tiz-ik, thiz-]Pathology
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adjective
  1. pertaining to phthisis; phthisical.

Origin of phthisic

1300–50; < Latin phthisicus < Greek phthisikós (see phthisis, -ic); replacing Middle English tisike < Medieval Latin (p)tisicus; Latin, as above
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Related Words for phthisic

consumptive, phthisic, phthisical, tuberculate, tuberculous

Examples from the Web for phthisic

Historical Examples of phthisic

  • 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

adjective
  1. relating to or affected with phthisis
noun
  1. another name for asthma
Derived Formsphthisical, adjective

Word Origin for phthisic

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.
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