tu·​ber·​cu·​lar | \ tu̇-ˈbər-kyə-lər How to pronounce tubercular (audio) , tyu̇- \

Definition of tubercular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or affected with tuberculosis a tubercular patient
b : caused by the tubercle bacillus tubercular meningitis
2 : characterized by lesions that are or resemble tubercles tubercular leprosy
3 : relating to, resembling, or constituting a tubercle a tubercular lump



Definition of tubercular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person with tuberculosis

Examples of tubercular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The last intact tubercular cabin in Arizona (from the Desmount) was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "A century before coronavirus, Arizona was a haven for people fleeing another fearsome disease," 11 May 2020 At the age of eight, Ralph Owen Moody’s tubercular father, looking for a drier climate, moved his family from New Hampshire to a small plot of land in Colorado. Nr Editors, National Review, "Letters," 12 Sep. 2019 Both Nixon and Trump had older brothers who died prematurely: Nixon’s from tubercular meningitis, Trump’s from alcoholism. Adam Sternbergh, The Cut, "The Extinction of the Middle Child," 11 July 2018 Before there were seagulls, sisters, orchards or late-night vodka confessionals, there was Anton Chekhov’s 1887 play about a superfluous man torn between his tubercular wife and his landowner’s daughter. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "9 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 7 June 2018 Americans read about children being eaten alive by rats and concluded that the real horror sat inside their own stomachs, poisoning their bodies with tubercular meat and mystery pork innards. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "The USDA Goes Hog Wild," 26 Apr. 2018 To a considerable extent, the preoccupation with tubercular thinness was bolstered by class anxiety. Rachel Vorona Cote, The New Republic, "The Reality of Women’s Pain," 7 Mar. 2018 One of its sweetest, simplest moments finds the boys performing a play of their own for their ailing mother and being forced to cut the performance short because of her tubercular cough. John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, "Review: 'Finding Neverland' flies high with help of charming kids and songs," 13 Feb. 2018 By then antibiotics had relieved the sanatoria of their tubercular residents, allowing them to become hotels. The Economist, "Trouble on the slopesWinter sports face a double threat, from climate and demographic change," 25 Jan. 2018

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1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Tubercular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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tu·​ber·​cu·​lar | \ t(y)u̇-ˈbər-kyə-lər How to pronounce tubercular (audio) \

Medical Definition of tubercular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or affected with tuberculosis : tuberculous
b : caused by the tubercle bacillus tubercular meningitis
2 : characterized by lesions that are or resemble tubercles
3 : relating to, resembling, or constituting a tubercle : tuberculated



Medical Definition of tubercular (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with tuberculosis

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