One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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