phthisis[tī′sis, t̸hī′-, ft̸hī′-]
any wasting disease, as tuberculosis of the lungs
Origin of phthisisClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek a decay ; from phthiein, to waste away ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gwhthei-, to disappear, be destroyed from source Sanskrit kṣáyati, (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 φθίσις (phthisis, “consumption, decline, wasting away”), from φθίω (phthiō, “I waste away”).