tuberculosis: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (too-bûr"kyu-lō'sis, tyoo-), [key]
— n. Pathol.
- an infectious disease that may affect almost any tissue of the body, esp. the lungs, caused by the organism Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and characterized by tubercles.
- this disease when affecting the lungs; pulmonary phthisis; consumption.
- any disease caused by a mycobacterium. Also called
- tuberculosis (Thesaurus)