Definition of tuberculize in US English:


(also tuberculise)


  • with object To affect with tuberculosis; to infect with or expose to tuberculosis or tubercle bacilli; (in later use) to cause to develop resistance to tuberculosis, especially on a (supposedly) inherited or racial basis (now historical). Occasionally also refl. Now rare.


Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From tubercule + -ize, largely after French tuberculiser.