or phthis·ick·y

[tiz-i-kuh l, thiz-]


pertaining to, of the nature of, or affected by phthisis.

Origin of phthisical

First recorded in 1605–15; phthisic + -al1
Related formspre·phthis·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for phthisical

Historical Examples of phthisical

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

  • 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