pneumonia

noun
pneu·​mo·​nia | \ nu̇-ˈmō-nyə How to pronounce pneumonia (audio) , nyu̇- \

Definition of pneumonia

: an acute disease that is marked by inflammation of lung tissue accompanied by infiltration of alveoli and often bronchioles with white blood cells (such as neutrophils) and fibrinous exudate, is characterized by fever, chills, cough, difficulty in breathing, fatigue, chest pain, and reduced lung expansion, and is typically caused by an infectious agent (such as a bacterium, virus, or fungus) — see bronchopneumonia, pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, primary atypical pneumonia — compare pneumonitis

Examples of pneumonia in a Sentence

He caught pneumonia over the winter.
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First Known Use of pneumonia

1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pneumonia

New Latin, from Greek, from pneumōn lung, alteration of pleumōn — more at pulmonary

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“Pneumonia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pneumonia. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for pneumonia

pneumonia

noun
pneu·​mo·​nia | \ nu̇-ˈmō-nyə How to pronounce pneumonia (audio) , nyu̇-ˈmō- \

Kids Definition of pneumonia

: a serious illness affecting the lungs that is marked especially by fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing

pneumonia

noun
pneu·​mo·​nia | \ n(y)u̇-ˈmō-nyə How to pronounce pneumonia (audio) \

Medical Definition of pneumonia

: an acute disease that is marked by inflammation of lung tissue accompanied by infiltration of alveoli and often bronchioles with white blood cells (as neutrophils) and fibrinous exudate, is characterized by fever, chills, cough, difficulty in breathing, fatigue, chest pain, and reduced lung expansion, and is typically caused by an infectious agent (as a bacterium, virus, or fungus) — see bronchopneumonia, lobar pneumonia, pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, primary atypical pneumonia

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