- Common abbreviation (spelled out T-B) for tuberculosis. Tuberculosis took its name from the characteristic tubercles (tiny lumps) caused by infection with the bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that is responsible for the disease.
* * *Colloquial abbreviation for tuberculosis.* * *Taussig-Bing [syndrome]; terabyte; term birth; terminal bronchiole; terminal bronchus; thromboxane B; thymol blue; tissue bank; toluidine blue; total base; total bilirubin; total body; tracheobronchial; tracheal bronchiolar [region]; tracheobronchitis; trapezoid body; tub bath; triple [gene] block; tubercle bacillus; tuberculin; tuberculosis; tumor bank; tumor-bearing
* * *TB abbr tubercle bacillus
* * *popular abbreviation for tuberculosis.
Medical dictionary. 2011.