pleu·​ro·​pneu·​mo·​nia | \ ˌplu̇r-ȯ-nu̇-ˈmō-nyə How to pronounce pleuropneumonia (audio) , -ȯ-nyu̇- \

Definition of pleuropneumonia

1 : combined inflammation of the pleura and lungs
2 : an acute febrile and often fatal respiratory disorder of cattle, goats, sheep, and related animals caused by a mycoplasma (Mycoplasma mycoides)

First Known Use of pleuropneumonia

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pleuropneumonia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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Medical Definition of pleuropneumonia

1 : pleurisy accompanied by pneumonia
2 : a highly contagious pneumonia usually associated with pleurisy of cattle, goats, and sheep that is caused by bacterium of the genus Mycoplasma (especially M. mycoides)
3 : a contagious often fatal respiratory disease especially of young pigs that is caused by a bacterium of the genus Actinobacillus (A. pleuropneumoniae)
4 : pleurisy of horses that is often accompanied by pneumonia and is caused by various bacteria

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