from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A disease characterized by the wasting away or atrophy of the body or a part of the body.
- n. Tuberculosis of the lungs. No longer in scientific use.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An atrophy of the body or part of the body, especially pulmonary tuberculosis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A wasting or consumption of the tissues. The term was formerly applied to many wasting diseases, but is now usually restricted to pulmonary phthisis, or consumption. See consumption.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A disease of the lungs, characterized by progressive consolidation of pulmonary tissue, with breaking down and the formation of cavities.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body
Latin, from Greek, from phthinein, to waste away.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin phthisis, from Ancient Greek φθίσις (phthisis, "consumption, decline, wasting away"), from φθίω (phthiō, "I waste away"). (Wiktionary)