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Tuberculosis, especially of the lungs.
(Pathology) informal tuberculosis of the lungs
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|Noun||1.||white plague - involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body|
|2.||white plague - an addiction to a drug (especially a narcotic drug)|
narcotic - a drug that produces numbness or stupor; often taken for pleasure or to reduce pain; extensive use can lead to addiction
addiction, dependance, habituation, dependence, dependency - being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
alcohol addiction, alcoholism, inebriation, drunkenness - habitual intoxication; prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms
cocaine addiction - an addiction to cocaine
heroin addiction - an addiction to heroin
caffein addiction - an addiction to caffein
nicotine addiction - an addiction to nicotine