Definition of tuberculosis
: a highly variable communicable disease of humans and some other vertebrates that is caused by the tubercle bacillus and rarely in the U.S. by a related mycobacterium (Mycobacterium bovis), that affects especially the lungs but may spread to other areas (such as the kidney or spinal column), and that is characterized by fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, formation of tubercles, caseation, pleural effusions, and fibrosis
Recent Examples of tuberculosis from the Web
Mr. von Ossietzky, whose health had degraded after years of abuse, died in 1938 of tuberculosis.
Emocha has used the program in the past among patients being treated for tuberculosis and hepatitis C — illnesses with lengthy drug treatment regimens that typically require patients to take medication in front of a doctor.
Hubbard died three years later from tuberculosis contracted in Jeffersonville.
A number of innovative companies around the world are focusing on using similar handheld systems to diagnose other diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis, bacterial infections and cardiovascular disease.
More African American patients died of respiratory illness like tuberculosis, which suggest overcrowding, and nutritional disease like pellagra, a vitamin B deficiency.
The University of Washington and Public Health — Seattle & King County wants to screen more than 100 people who may have come into contact with a person who had active tuberculosis while on campus.
Days later, school officials made a stunning announcement: An unnamed student had active tuberculosis, and the county and state health departments would be coming to the school to determine who else had been exposed to it.
Back in Lithuania, Dr. Piombino-Mascali said cases of both atherosclerosis and tuberculosis had been found among mummies in the church crypt.
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Origin and Etymology of tuberculosis
First Known Use: 1839See Words from the same year
TUBERCULOSIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tuberculosis for English Language Learners
medical : a serious disease that mainly affects the lungs
TUBERCULOSIS Defined for Kids
Definition of tuberculosis for Students
: a serious disease that mostly affects the lungs and in which there is fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing
Medical Definition of tuberculosis
: a usually chronic highly variable disease that is caused by a bacterium of the genus Mycobacterium (M. tuberculosis) and rarely in the United States by a related mycobacterium (M. bovis), is usually communicated by inhalation of the airborne causative agent, affects especially the lungs but may spread to other areas (as the kidney or spinal column) from local lesions or by way of the lymph or blood vessels, and is characterized by fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, inflammatory infiltrations, formation of tubercles, caseation, pleural effusion, and fibrosis—called also TB
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