tuberculosis, TB, T.B.(noun)
infection transmitted by inhalation or ingestion of tubercle bacilli and manifested in fever and small lesions (usually in the lungs but in various other parts of the body in acute stages)
An infectious disease of humans and animals caused by a species of mycobacterium mainly infecting the lungs where it causes tubercles characterized by the expectoration of mucus and sputum, fever, weight loss, and chest pain, and transmitted through inhalation or ingestion of bacteria.
a constitutional disease characterized by the production of tubercles in the internal organs, and especially in the lungs, where it constitutes the most common variety of pulmonary consumption
Tuberculosis, MTB, or TB is a common, and in many cases lethal, infectious disease caused by various strains of mycobacteria, usually Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculosis typically attacks the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body. It is spread through the air when people who have an active TB infection cough, sneeze, or otherwise transmit respiratory fluids through the air. Most infections are asymptomatic and latent, but about one in ten latent infections eventually progresses to active disease which, if left untreated, kills more than 50% of those so infected. The classic symptoms of active TB infection are a chronic cough with blood-tinged sputum, fever, night sweats, and weight loss. Infection of other organs causes a wide range of symptoms. Diagnosis of active TB relies on radiology, as well as microscopic examination and microbiological culture of body fluids. Diagnosis of latent TB relies on the tuberculin skin test and/or blood tests. Treatment is difficult and requires administration of multiple antibiotics over a long period of time. Social contacts are also screened and treated if necessary. Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem in multiple drug-resistant tuberculosis infections. Prevention relies on screening programs and vaccination with the bacillus Calmette–Guérin vaccine.
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Any of the infectious diseases of man and other animals caused by species of MYCOBACTERIUM.
The numerical value of tuberculosis in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of tuberculosis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I became very sick. They had to carry me to the hospital. I had tuberculosis and I was very wasted.
One of the things overlooked when it comes to curbing tuberculosis is the mental health problems of patients.
At the current pace of an annual 6 percent decline, the EU/EEA will only be free of tuberculosis in the next century.
This is a very serious illness, but it's difficult to transmit, you have to have prolonged close contact with someone with active tuberculosis to get it.
If this is not dealt with quickly, we risk the virus spreading to more people, more people dying of opportunistic disease like tuberculosis and the virus building up a resistance to our drugs.
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- سل, مرArabic
- tuberculosiCatalan, Valencian
- bróstsjúka, tuberklasjúka, tuberklarFaroese
- caitheamhScottish Gaelic
- թոքախտ, տուբերկուլյոզ, պալարախտArmenian
- pla gwynnCornish
- tuberkulosis, batuk keringMalay
- jéíʼádįįhNavajo, Navaho
- tuberkuloza, gruźlica, suchotyPolish
- чахотка, туберкулёзRussian
- यक्ष्मा, क्षयरोगSanskrit
- сушица, грудобоља, jektika, туберкулоза, sušica, grudobolja, tuberkulozaSerbo-Croatian
- jetika, tuberkulozaSlovene
- verem, tüberkülozTurkish
- bệnh laoVietnamese
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