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Pronunciation:  tû`burkyu'lowsis

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  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)

TUBERCULOSIS is a 12 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: T.B., TB
 See Also: consumption, infectious disease, king's evil, lupus vulgaris, miliary tuberculosis, phthisis, Pott's disease, pulmonary tuberculosis, scrofula, struma, wasting disease, white plague



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Tu*ber`cu*lo"sis\, n. [NL. See {Tubercle}.] (Med.)
A constitutional disease characterized by the production of
tubercles in the internal organs, and especially in the
lungs, where it constitutes the most common variety of
pulmonary consumption.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A highly infectious, potentially fatal disease of humans and animals caused by the Gram-positive bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB causes the formation of hard nodules (tubercules) and crusty dead spots in lung and bone tissue. People suffering from tuberculosis exhibit symptoms such as a bad cough and wasting debility. Prior to the development of antibiotics such as penicillin, TB was known as "consumption" and was widely feared. Now, because TB infection is on the rise again as a common secondary infection accompanying AIDS, antibiotic-resistant strains have developed which could potentially cause major epidemics in the near future if alternate treatments aren't found.