tubercular

1 of 2

adjective

tu·​ber·​cu·​lar tu̇-ˈbər-kyə-lər How to pronounce tubercular (audio)
tyu̇-
1
a
: 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

tubercular

2 of 2

noun

: a person with tuberculosis

Example Sentences

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Adjective
All except for Ratso, a tubercular, disabled con man. Glenn Frankel, Washington Post, 16 June 2022 Long had a medical degree from Johns Hopkins and assisted tubercular patients at her practice in Denver, Colorado. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 4 Jan. 2022 The site of the spectacular federal courthouse on the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena was originally a boarding house built in 1882 by Emma Bangs, who had brought her tubercular daughter west. Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2022 The words séquelles pleurales—pleural effusions, or buildups of fluid around the lungs, which are sometimes a marker of tubercular infections—were just visible. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 The words séquelles pleurales—pleural effusions, or buildups of fluid around the lungs, which are sometimes a marker of tubercular infections—were just visible. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 For example, tubercular Black cooks and washerwomen might contaminate the food and clothing of their employers. Erin Thompson, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Oct. 2021 The words séquelles pleurales—pleural effusions, or buildups of fluid around the lungs, which are sometimes a marker of tubercular infections—were just visible. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 The words séquelles pleurales—pleural effusions, or buildups of fluid around the lungs, which are sometimes a marker of tubercular infections—were just visible. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tubercular was in 1773

Dictionary Entries Near tubercular

Cite this Entry

“Tubercular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tubercular. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

tubercular

adjective

tu·​ber·​cu·​lar
t(y)u̇-ˈbər-kyə-lər
: of, relating to, or affected with tuberculosis
a tubercular patient

Medical Definition

tubercular 1 of 2

adjective

tu·​ber·​cu·​lar t(y)u̇-ˈbər-kyə-lər How to pronounce tubercular (audio)
1
a
: 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

tubercular

2 of 2

noun

: an individual affected with tuberculosis

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