- a wasting disease of the lungs; phthisis.
- a person who suffers from phthisis.
- pertaining to phthisis; phthisical.
Origin of phthisic
Examples from the Web for phthisic
Historical Examples of phthisic
Yes, there's considerable of ager and phthisic and bilious fever.Hoosier Mosaics
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
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
- relating to or affected with phthisis
- another name for asthma
Word Origin for phthisic
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.