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white plague

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noun
  1. tuberculosis, especially pulmonary tuberculosis.
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Origin of white plague

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for white plague

white plague

noun
  1. informal tuberculosis of the lungs
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white plague in Medicine

white plague

n.
  1. Tuberculosis, especially of the lungs.
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