any wasting disease, as tuberculosis of the lungs
Origin of phthisisClassical Latin from Gr, a decay from phthiein, to waste away from Indo-European base an unverified form gwhthei-, to disappear, be destroyed from source Sanskrit k?áyati, (he) destroys
- A disease characterized by the wasting away or atrophy of the body or a part of the body.
- Tuberculosis of the lungs. No longer in scientific use.
Origin of phthisisLatin from Greek from phthinein to waste away
From Latin phthisis, from Ancient Greek Ï†Î¸Î¯ÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (phthisis, “consumption, decline, wasting away"), from Ï†Î¸Î¯Ï‰ (phthiÅ, “I waste away").