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Friday, August 17, 2012

Definitions for phthisis

  1. A wasting away.
  2. Pulmonary tuberculosis; consumption.

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Citations for phthisis
At last Sister Hyacinthe began to speak of the immediate and complete cures of phthisis, and this was the triumph, the healing of that terrible disease which ravages humanity… Robert Hugh Benson, Lourdes
Apoplexy is no longer to be feared, but phthisis is there. Social phthisis is called misery. Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
Origin of phthisis
1515-1525
Phthisis comes from the Greek root phthí which meant "to decay."
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