pneu·​mon·​ic | \ nu̇-ˈmä-nik How to pronounce pneumonic (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web More than 30 people died during an outbreak of pneumonic plague in Los Angeles in 1924. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: In 1924 people were dying of plague in Los Angeles," 1 Nov. 2020 Untreated bubonic or septicemic plague can develop in the pneumonic plague, which spreads to the lungs. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "California has its first case of plague in 5 years. How likely are you to catch it?," 20 Aug. 2020 Bubonic plague has a case-fatality ratio of 30% to 60% when left untreated, while pneumonic plague, when left untreated, is always fatal, according to WHO. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Why is the plague still a thing in 2020? And are you at risk of getting it?," 19 Aug. 2020 The same week, two patients were diagnosed with pneumonic plague in Beijing—but no epidemiological association was found between the two cases, according to officials. Claire Gillespie,, "China Issues an Alert About Bubonic Plague—Here's What You Need to Know About This Deadly Disease," 6 July 2020 But the disease can lead to quick death if the bacteria infect the respiratory system or bloodstream in rarer conditions known as pneumonic and septicemic plague. Gerry Shih,, "Bubonic plague triggers health alert in China after herder is infected," 7 July 2020 The cause was taken up by Wu Lien-teh, a Chinese doctor from British Malaya, who is often credited with saving many lives during the 1910 outbreak of pneumonic plague in northeastern China. Amy Qin,, "Virus threatens Chinese traditions of chopsticks and family-style meals," 25 May 2020 In the medieval world both septicemic and pneumonic plague had a 100 percent mortality rate. National Geographic, "Indeed, historians have argued that the Black Death paved the way for a new wave of opportunity, creativity, and wealth from which would flourish the art, culture, and ideas of the Renaissance, and the beginnings of a recognizably modern Europe.," 23 Apr. 2020 Cases of the pneumonic plague appeared in major rail termini -- Tianjin, Beijing and along the Beijing to Wuhan railway. Paul French, CNN, "In 1911, another epidemic swept through China. That time, the world came together," 18 Apr. 2020

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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 How to pronounce pneumonic (audio) \

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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