congestive » conjunctive
Spotted in the wild:
- Jacqueline Green has rheumatoid arthritis, conjunctive heart failure, and a nonmalignant brain tumor that causes hypertension. (Canton Repository/Associated Press, Jan. 2, 2002)
- He had battled diabetes for years and died of conjunctive heart failure in an Arlington, VA hospital while being treated for respiratory problems. (Radio Recall, Feb. 2004)
- On Oct 22 I received a phone call from the administrator at my mother’s ALF stating she was ill and had conjunctive heart failure. (Newsweek letter to the editor, Jan. 21, 2004)
Analyzed or reported by:
- National Network of Libraries of Medicine (Samples of Spelling & Pronunciation Errors)
Marked questionable: may be better classified as a non-eggcornic malapropism because there is no apparent semantic justification for the use of _conjunctive_ (though it is perhaps influenced by _conjunctivitis_). Also, the phonological similarity is a bit tenuous (two entirely different phonemes in a stressed syllable).