Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

noun
Pneu·​mo·​cys·​tis ca·​ri·​nii pneumonia | \ ˌnü-mə-ˈsi-stəs-kə-ˈrī-nē-ˌē- How to pronounce Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (audio) , ˌnyü- \

Definition of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

: a pneumonia chiefly affecting immunocompromised individuals that is caused by a microorganism (Pneumocystis carinii synonym P. jiroveci), attacks especially the interstitial and alveolar tissues of the lungs, and is characterized especially by a nonproductive cough, shortness of breath, and fever abbreviation PCP

First Known Use of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

New Latin Pneumocystis carinii, species name

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“Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pneumocystis%20pneumonia. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

noun
Pneumocystis ca·​ri·​nii pneumonia | \ -kə-ˈrī-nē-ˌē- How to pronounce Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (audio) \

Medical Definition of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia

: a pneumonia chiefly affecting immunocompromised individuals that is caused by a microorganism of the genus Pneumocystis (P. carinii) which shows up in specially stained preparations of fresh infected lung tissue as cysts containing six to eight oval bodies, that attacks especially the interstitial and alveolar tissues of the lungs, and that is characterized especially by a nonproductive cough, shortness of breath, and fever abbreviation PCP

called also pneumocystic pneumonia, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonitis

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