phthisis

[thahy-sis, tahy-]
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Origin of phthisis

1515–25; < Greek phthísis lung disease, literally, a wasting away, equivalent to phthí(ein) to decay + -sis -sis
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Related Words for phthisis

consumption, phthisis

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British Dictionary definitions for phthisis

phthisis

noun
  1. any disease that causes wasting of the body, esp pulmonary tuberculosis

Word Origin for phthisis

C16: via Latin from Greek: a wasting away, from phthinein to waste away
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Word Origin and History for phthisis
n.

1520s, from Late Latin phthisis "consumption," from Greek phthisis "wasting, consumption; perishing, decay; waxing," from phthiein "to decay, waste away," from PIE root *dhgwhei- "to perish, die away" (cf. Sanskrit ksitih "destruction," ksinati "perishes").

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phthisis in Medicine

phthisis

[thīsĭs, tī-]
n.
  1. A disease characterized by the wasting away or atrophy of the body or part of the body.
  2. Tuberculosis of the lungs. No longer in technical use.
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