phthisic


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phthisic

(tĭz′ĭk, thĭz′-)
n.
Archaic Variant of phthisis.

phthisic

adjective Related to tuberculosis (tuberculous); emaciated.
 
noun A person suffering from tuberculosis or other emaciating disease.
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metaphor of consumption in the 19th century, the idea that the phthisic body is consumed from within by its passions, "the bloom .
Warren also invokes the same word in another New York City poem about Madison Avenue when he stares down at "filthy, phthisic, hang-nailed fingers" ("Somewhere," 601, 1.
Later, one character is described as "thin as a rail and as wan as a brown girl could get, like an Edgar Allan Poe lady, phthisic perhaps, to use an obsolete word that Legion's lost novelist friend, Clayton Supul, often used to describe the appearance of tubercular people" (293).
Laderman then quotes from Wolfe's physical description of Horse Hines, including his "cold phthisic hand, freckled on its back," and he relates some of Eugene's morbid thoughts on the "awful mysteries of burial--the dark ghoul-ritual, the obscene communion with the dead, touched with some black and foul witch-magic.