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

Examples of pneumonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the bubonic form has a case-fatality of 30-60% if not treated, the septicemic and pneumonic forms has a case-fatality ratio of 30-100% if left untreated. Uwagbale Edward-ekpu, Quartz, 26 Aug. 2021 The pneumonic form, the most infectious, can spread from person to person through airborne droplets from coughing and breathing. Uwagbale Edward-ekpu, Quartz, 26 Aug. 2021 More than 30 people died during an outbreak of pneumonic plague in Los Angeles in 1924. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Nov. 2020 Untreated bubonic or septicemic plague can develop in the pneumonic plague, which spreads to the lungs. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, 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, 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,, 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,, 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,, 25 May 2020 See More

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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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