white plague

tuberculosis, esp. pulmonary tuberculosis.
[1865-70, Amer.]

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  • White plague — can refer to: * Any epidemic disease that makes the patients appear pale, especially tuberculosis during the 19th and early 20th century. * The White Plague , a 1982 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert featuring a bioengineered plague that… …   Wikipedia

  • White plague — Tuberculosis, esp. of the lungs. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • white plague — n TUBERCULOSIS …   Medical dictionary

  • white plague — ☆ white plague n. tuberculosis, esp. of the lungs …   English World dictionary

  • white plague — noun 1. involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body • Syn: ↑pulmonary tuberculosis, ↑consumption, ↑phthisis, ↑wasting disease • Hypernyms: ↑tuberculosis, ↑TB, ↑T.B …   Useful english dictionary

  • white plague — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun An infectious disease producing lesions especially of the lungs: consumption (no longer in scientific use), phthisic (no longer in scientific use), phthisis (no longer in scientific use), tuberculosis. See HEALTH …   English dictionary for students

  • white plague — pulmonary tuberculosis …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • white plague — /waɪt ˈpleɪg/ (say wuyt playg) noun tuberculosis, especially pulmonary tuberculosis …   Australian English dictionary

  • The White Plague — infobox Book | name = The White Plague title orig = translator = image caption = author = Frank Herbert illustrator = cover artist = country = United States language = English series = genre = Science fiction publisher = Putnam pub date = 1982… …   Wikipedia

  • (the) white plague —    obsolete    pulmonary tuberculosis    The illness attracted much euphemism because it killed many young adults:     When scarlet fever, cholera, typhoid fever, and the white plague (tuberculosis) took such a toll of young ladies in their prime …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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