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or phthis·ick·y

[tiz-i-kuh l, thiz-]
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  1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or affected by phthisis.
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Origin of phthisical

First recorded in 1605–15; phthisic + -al1
Related formspre·phthis·i·cal, adjective
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Related Words for phthisical

consumptive, phthisic, phthisical, tuberculate, tuberculous

Examples from the Web for phthisical

Historical Examples of phthisical

  • Moreover, the sexual appetite is very pronounced in phthisical patients.

    The Sexual Question

    August Forel

  • It is a manufactory at once of the phthisical, the insane, and the criminal.

    The Criminal

    Havelock Ellis

  • This latter is particularly inimical to phthisical sufferers.

  • This is demonstrated by study of the degeneracy stigmata of phthisical families.


    Eugene S. Talbot

  • He had been under the care of my predecessor, and had been entered as a phthisical patient.

    Modern Magic

    Maximilian Schele de Vere