pneumonic

adjective

pneu·​mon·​ic nu̇-ˈmä-nik How to pronounce pneumonic (audio)
nyu̇-
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 His sudden passing, resulting from a pneumonic infection of his lung, has shocked and saddened San Diego’s political world. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2023 In contrast to the bubonic plague, which spreads via flea-carrying rodents, the pneumonic plague infects the lungs and can spread from person to person through saliva droplets. Roni Dengler, Discover Magazine, 6 Dec. 2018 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, Health.com, 6 July 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin pneumonicus, from Greek pneumonikos, from pneumōn

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pneumonic was in 1668

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Cite this Entry

“Pneumonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pneumonic. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

pneumonic

adjective
pneu·​mon·​ic n(y)u̇-ˈmän-ik How to pronounce pneumonic (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or affecting the lungs : pulmonary
2
: of, relating to, or affected with pneumonia
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