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TUBERCULOSIS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tuberculosis mean? 

TUBERCULOSIS (noun)
  The noun TUBERCULOSIS has 1 sense:

1. infection transmitted by inhalation or ingestion of tubercle bacilli and manifested in fever and small lesions (usually in the lungs but in various other parts of the body in acute stages)

  Familiarity information: TUBERCULOSIS used as a noun is very rare.


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TUBERCULOSIS (noun)


Sense 1tuberculosis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Infection transmitted by inhalation or ingestion of tubercle bacilli and manifested in fever and small lesions (usually in the lungs but in various other parts of the body in acute stages)

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Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

T.B.; tuberculosis; TB

Hypernyms ("tuberculosis" is a kind of...):

infectious disease (a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tuberculosis"):

Pott's disease (TB of the spine with destruction of vertebrae resulting in curvature of the spine)

miliary tuberculosis (acute tuberculosis characterized by the appearance of tiny tubercles on one or more organs of the body (presumably resulting from tubercle bacilli being spread in the bloodstream))

consumption; phthisis; pulmonary tuberculosis; wasting disease; white plague (involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body)

king's evil; scrofula; struma (a form of tuberculosis characterized by swellings of the lymphatic glands)

lupus vulgaris (tuberculosis of the skin; appears first on the face and heals slowly leaving deep scars)


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