Then Dilsie could sleep in the cabin, as she ought to on account of the jimsonweed in her phthisic pipe.
Yes, there's considerable of ager and phthisic and bilious fever.
She put it on her knee, and played a tune that would have made gout, cholic and phthisic dance upon their last legs.
They call it phthisic only because thats the very hardest word in the book to spell.
late 14c., tysyk "of or pertaining to a wasting disease," from Old French tisike, phtisique "consumptive" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *phthisicus, from Greek phthisikos "consumptive," from phthisis "wasting, consumption" (see phthisis). Earlier in English as a noun meaning "wasting disease of the lungs" (mid-14c.). Related: Phthisical.
The old pronunciation dropped the ph-, but this will probably recover its sound now that everyone can read.