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white plague

Definition of the noun white plague

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  1. involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body
  2. an addiction to a drug (especially a narcotic drug)

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Science Fiction (2015)

Plagues may be natural mutations or, as inthe case ofThe White Plague (1982) by Frank Herbert, a deliberate attempt by a single scientist to destroy the world, although itismore commonly described asan accidental releasefrom a government ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2006)

by Elizabeth Knowles

white plague an archaic term for tuberculosis, reflecting the perception of it as a widespread and often fatal disease. White Rabbit a character in Lewis Carroll's Alice's ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Crisis Management (2013)

by K. Bradley Penuel, Matt Statler, Ryan Hagen

The White Plague: Tuberculosis, Man and Society. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1987. Godinho, Joana. Stopping Tuberculosis in Central Asia: Priorities for Action. Washington, DC: World Bank, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Science Fiction Literature (2004)

by Brian M. Stableford

The White Plague (1982) is a sexual-political disaster story.

Google previewThe Hamptons Dictionary (2008)

The Essential Guide to Class Warfare by Miles Jaffe

white plague See consumption. white trash adj. 1. Wealthy people who exhibit boorish or anti-social behavior. Derivation: Lizzie Grubman, who screamed “white trash” shortly before reversing over 16 people at ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of New York City (2010)

Second Edition by Kenneth T. Jackson, Lisa Keller, Nancy Flood

Once known as consumption or the “white plague,” it ...

Google previewBusiness Man's Dictionary and Guide to English (1920)

white plague (hwit plag), tuberculosis. white slav-er-y ( hwit ...

Google previewDictionary of Euphemisms (2008)

by R. W. Holder

white plague (the) obsolete pulmonary tuberculosis The illness attracted much euphemism because it killed ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Modern Medicine (1992)

by J.C. Segen

was added to these products, the pungency of which discourages most casual abuse; see ' Gateway' drugs, Proposition 65, TCE; Cf Glue-sniffing White plague Tuberculosis (TB) ...

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