I have a Finland parish death record that shows someone who died 30 Mar 1880 of kitumat. I cannot find a translation or abbreviation for this word as being either Finnish or Swedish or Latin. When I did a search in Hiski database giving only "Ki" as the cause of death it came up with "halsfluss" as being equal to it. Can anyone tell me what the word kitumat. might be short for or mean?
This (Finnish) word is an abbreviation for the word "kitumatauti". This is a word that is not used anymore but it is still easy for a Finnish speaker to understand the rough meaning. The last part - "tauti" - means just illness or disease. The first part "kituma" comes from the verb "kitua" which refers to a longtime suffering. It is also probably related to the word "kidutus" (torture). So "kitumatauti" could be any disease that makes a person very weak and takes a long time and then finally causes death. The causes of death in the 1800s were not very precise or scientific...
Hiski contains many variations that likely have the same meaning: kitumus, kituma, kitu, kitum:, kitui, kituus, kitunut, kituva, kitutauti, kituminen, kituvatauti,