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Friday, August 17, 2012

phthisis

\THAHY-sis\ , noun;
1.
A wasting away.
2.
Pulmonary tuberculosis; consumption.
Quotes:
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:
Phthisis comes from the Greek root phthí which meant "to decay."
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