phthisis

[ thahy-sis, tahy- ]
/ ˈθaɪ sɪs, ˈtaɪ- /

noun Pathology.

a wasting away.
pulmonary tuberculosis; consumption.

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Nearby words

  1. phthiriasis,
  2. phthiriasis pubis,
  3. phthirus,
  4. phthisic,
  5. phthisical,
  6. phub,
  7. phugoid,
  8. phuket,
  9. phumiphon aduldet,
  10. phut

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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British Dictionary definitions for phthisis

phthisis

/ (ˈθaɪsɪs, ˈfθaɪ-, ˈtaɪ-) /

noun

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

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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Medicine definitions for phthisis

phthisis

[ thīsĭs, tī- ]

n.

A disease characterized by the wasting away or atrophy of the body or part of the body.
Tuberculosis of the lungs. No longer in technical use.

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