[too-bur-kyuh-luh s, tyoo-]


affected with tuberculosis: a hospital for tuberculous people.

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. 2019

Related Words for tuberculous

consumptive, phthisic, phthisical, tuberculate

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



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




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