poitrinaire

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French poitrinaire, from poitrine (chest).

NounEdit

poitrinaire (plural poitrinaires)

  1. (chiefly literary) Someone suffering from tuberculosis, or a similar lung disease.
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 389:
      His dry cough and eternal light fever spoke of tuberculosis; indeed his whole physiognomy was that of the old traditional poitrinaire, and he had once been placed in a sanatorium where they had collapsed a lung to let it mend.

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From poitrine +‎ -aire.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

poitrinaire (masculine and feminine, plural poitrinaires)

  1. (archaic) consumptive, tubercular, phthistic
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