pneumonia

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noun pneu·mo·nia \nu̇-ˈmō-nyə, nyu̇-\

Definition of pneumonia

  1. :  a disease of the lungs characterized especially by inflammation and consolidation of lung tissue followed by resolution and by fever, chills, cough, and difficulty in breathing and that is caused especially by infection

Examples of pneumonia in a sentence

  1. He caught pneumonia over the winter.

Origin and Etymology of pneumonia

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


First Known Use: 1603


PNEUMONIA Defined for English Language Learners

pneumonia

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noun pneu·mo·nia \nu̇-ˈmō-nyə, nyu̇-\

Definition of pneumonia for English Language Learners

  • medical : a serious disease that affects the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe


PNEUMONIA Defined for Kids

pneumonia

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noun pneu·mo·nia \nu̇-ˈmō-nyə, nyu̇-ˈmō-\

Definition of pneumonia for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

pneumonia

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noun pneu·mo·nia \n(y)u̇-ˈmō-nyə\

Medical Definition of pneumonia

  1. :  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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