pneu·​mon·​ic | \nu̇-ˈmä-nik, nyu̇-\

Definition of pneumonic 

1 : of, relating to, or affecting the lungs pneumonic plague : pulmonic, pulmonary

2 : of, relating to, or affected with pneumonia

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If this happens out in regular ecosystems, people reasoned that maybe bacteria-killing viruses would also work in a pneumonic lung. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Using a virus to kill what antibiotics can’t," 18 July 2018 That would only happen through close proximity to someone suffering from the variation of the disease known as pneumonic plague. Anna Gunther, CBS News, "Idaho boy recovering from rare case of plague," 13 June 2018 If bacteria also infect the bloodstream (called septicemic plague) or the lungs (called pneumonic plague), organ failure and death can occur if it’s not treated right away. Amanda Macmillan,, "An Idaho Child Was Diagnosed With the Plague. How Worried Should You Be?," 13 June 2018 The epidemic remains active in 12 districts, and among the total cases reported, 61% are said to be the pneumonic plague, according to the UN office. Victoria Larned, CNN, "Madagascar plague outbreak has killed 133, may be slowing down," 3 Nov. 2017 The first suspect was China, where pneumonic plague had erupted on the Manchurian border in 1910. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "Review: A World of Sickness," 10 Dec. 2017 Extensive screening measures, informed travelers, short incubation periods of pneumonic plague, and increasing operational readiness of surrounding countries and islands has kept the risk of international spread low, said the WHO. Victoria Larned, CNN, "Madagascar plague outbreak has killed 133, may be slowing down," 3 Nov. 2017 Media: WochIt Media There are two types of plagues affecting the area now, bubonic plague and pneumonic plague. Heather Leighton, Houston Chronicle, "Nine countries have issued health warnings for the plague," 26 Oct. 2017 By late last month, cases of pneumonic plague were popping up in 20 districts across the country, including the far north and the west coast. Robyn Dixon,, "The Black Death is killing people: Why is Madagascar facing its worst plague outbreak in years?," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of pneumonic

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pneumonic

New Latin pneumonicus, from Greek pneumonikos, from pneumōn

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pneu·​mon·​ic | \n(y)u̇-ˈmän-ik \

Medical Definition of pneumonic 

1 : of, relating to, or affecting the lungs : pulmonary

2 : of, relating to, or affected with pneumonia

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