[too-bur-kyuh-luh s, tyoo-]
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Origin of tuberculous

1740–50; < Latin tūbercul(um) tubercle + -ous
Related formstu·ber·cu·lous·ly, adverban·ti·tu·ber·cu·lous, adjectivenon·tu·ber·cu·lous, adjectiveun·tu·ber·cu·lous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for tuberculous

consumptive, phthisic, phthisical, tuberculate, tuberculous

Examples from the Web for tuberculous

Historical Examples of tuberculous

  • This is doubtless quite correct, but why should the bishop be tuberculous?

    The Meaning of Evolution

    Samuel Christian Schmucker

  • Examination of all members of a family where one member is discovered to be tuberculous.

    Civics and Health

    William H. Allen

  • Cows are exceedingly liable to tuberculous disease of the udder.

  • Tuberculous cattle are equally objectionable as food for dogs.

    Sporting Dogs

    Frank Townend Barton

  • The sides of the face, and round the eyes, are bare and tuberculous.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

British Dictionary definitions for tuberculous


  1. of or relating to tuberculosis or tubercles; tubercular
Derived Formstuberculously, adverb
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tuberculous in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or having tuberculosis.
  2. Of, affected with, or caused by tubercles.
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