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 Lambeth also recruited volunteer doctors, including the surgeons who repaired a girl’s club foot and performed a series of operations to correct a tubercular spine. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, 26 June 2021 At the Berghof, patients vainly hope that mountainous air and subfreezing balconies will cure tubercular lungs. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2021 Living in a dirty squat in what seems a particularly tubercular part of town, the principal quartet of teenage London slumdwellers are eager to avoid the workhouse, pay their extortionist landlord her rent, and feed themselves with some regularity. John Anderson, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2021 Every fictional child was hungry, an orphan, or tubercular. Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, The New Yorker, 18 Jan. 2021 The last intact tubercular cabin in Arizona (from the Desmount) was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Roger Naylor, azcentral, 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, 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, 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, 7 June 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 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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