pul·​mo·​nary | \ ˈpu̇l-mə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce pulmonary (audio) , ˈpəl- How to pronounce pulmonary (audio) \

Definition of pulmonary

1a : of, relating to, affecting, or occurring in the lungs pulmonary tissue pulmonary edema
b : carried on by the lungs pulmonary respiration
2 : pulmonate
3 : occurring in the pulmonary artery a pulmonary embolism

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The illness, the pulmonary form of which has a nearly 40 percent fatality rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cannot be communicated between humans. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Rare Hantavirus May Have Caused Belmont Racetrack Worker’s Death," 22 June 2018 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy today at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery for malignant lung growths," 21 Dec. 2018 Unlike the antibiotics produced from this, these mold spores can easily move throughout the home in the air and be inhaled, causing respiratory problems, pulmonary inflammation, asthma, and potentially chronic sinusitis. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How To ID The Different Kinds Of Mold In Your House—And Their Cause," 17 Sep. 2018 Sensitive groups, like active children, the elderly, and those with pulmonary or respiratory diseases are advised to limit their outdoor activity during these days, said Kim Biggs of the state EPA. Ese Olumhense, chicagotribune.com, "Air quality alert issued for Chicago area for second day," 12 July 2018 But there was nothing yet for pulmonary tuberculosis, which killed 80 percent of the people who actually developed the disease. Eliza Mcgraw, Smithsonian, "Florence Sabin Pioneered Her Way in Medical Science, Then Made Sure Other Women Could Do the Same," 6 July 2018 Pulmonx provides a pulmonary assessment system, called Chartis, that is used to identify patients most likely to benefit from the valves and the best placement of the devices. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Emphysema patients get new option as FDA approves lung valves studied at Temple," 29 June 2018 His cause of death was listed as cardio-pulmonary failure, said Azita Safarloo, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Jerry Maren, last surviving Munchkin from 'Wizard of Oz,' dies at 98," 6 June 2018 Two months after a Rockdale County jail inmate was found dead in his cell, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation ruled the inmate died of pulmonary thrombi due to dehydration. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Autopsy results revealed in Rockdale County inmate’s death," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of pulmonary

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pulmonary

Latin pulmonarius, from pulmon-, pulmo lung; akin to Greek pleumōn lung, Sanskrit kloman right lung

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English Language Learners Definition of pulmonary

medical : relating to the lungs


pul·​mo·​nary | \ ˈpu̇l-mə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce pulmonary (audio) , ˈpəl- How to pronounce pulmonary (audio) \

Medical Definition of pulmonary

: relating to, functioning like, associated with, or carried on by the lungs

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