Part of speech: noun

Pulmonary consumption; tuberculosis.

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Usage examples "phthisis":

  1. His mother died in his ninth year, after a second marriage, a victim to phthisis. - "Maxim Gorki", Hans Ostwald.
  2. Then someone, we don't know who, made him go to a specialist, and the verdict is- phthisis; not very advanced, but certain and definite. - "Marriage à la mode", Mrs. Humphry Ward.
  3. She died of phthisis in 1875. It is to her varied automatic powers as illustrating our subject that I would call attention. - "Telepathy and the Subliminal Self", R. Osgood Mason.