tuberculosis[to̵o bʉr′kyə lō′sis, tə-]
Tuberculosis is an infection in which nodules grow on the tissues of the body.
An example of tuberculosis is a growing of nodules on the lungs.
an infectious disease caused by the tubercle bacillus and characterized by the formation of tubercles in various tissues of the body; specif., tuberculosis of the lungs; pulmonary phthisis
Origin of tuberculosisModL: see tubercle and amp; -osis
- An infectious disease of humans and animals caused by the tubercle bacillus and characterized by the formation of tubercles on the lungs and other tissues of the body, often developing long after the initial infection.
- Tuberculosis of the lungs, characterized by the coughing up of mucus and sputum, fever, weight loss, and chest pain.
Origin of tuberculosisLatin tūberculum, tubercle; see tubercle + –osis.
- (pathology) An infectious disease of humans and animals caused by a species of mycobacterium, usually Mycobacterium tuberculosis, mainly infecting the lungs where it causes tubercles characterized by the expectoration of mucus and sputum, fever, weight loss, and chest pain, and transmitted through inhalation or ingestion of bacteria.