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 Thousands were killed by pneumonic plague, the most severe strand. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "A history of the plague in China, from ancient times to Mao -- and now," 23 Nov. 2019 This case comes after two people were diagnosed with pneumonic plague in Xilingol last week. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Third case of plague linked to Black Death found in China after hunter eats wild rabbit," 19 Nov. 2019 The pneumonic plague is more deadly than the bubonic plague, which is rarely spread from person to person. Michael Brice-saddler,, "Plague kills two in China; information is scarce," 15 Nov. 2019 Two people are being treated for the pneumonic plague in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Black death plague reappears in China," 15 Nov. 2019 In China, health officials have reported a rare outbreak of pneumonic plague after two cases were confirmed this week in Beijing. NBC News, "Flood, fire and plague: climate change blamed for disasters," 14 Nov. 2019 The findings change how researchers think about pneumonic plague. Quanta Magazine, "The Mutant Genes Behind the Black Death," 6 Oct. 2015 If untreated, bubonic and pneumonic plague can progress to septicemic plague, infecting the bloodstream. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "Plague, explained," 20 Aug. 2019 Due to concerns about pneumonic plague, which can cause severe lung infections, camping had been canceled and on-site parking had been severely curtailed. The Know, The Denver Post, "PHOTOS: Beer, pipes, dancing and a pigeon head at the Phish concert," 2 Sep. 2019

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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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“Pneumonic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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