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

Examples of pulmonary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tool could improve the detection and treatment of lung cancer and other pulmonary diseases. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 However, researchers discovered something entirely different: blood clots in the lungs (also referred to as pulmonary emboli). Kent Sepkowitz, CNN, 4 Mar. 2022 Researchers tested their chest and pulmonary functioning, but discovered no heart or lung disease. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, 22 Feb. 2022 In this case, pulmonary function testing or specialized cardiopulmonary stress testing can sometimes answer the question. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 22 Feb. 2022 The news worsened when she was diagnosed with large-cell neuroendocrine carcinoma, a rare type of pulmonary tumor. David Hinojosa, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Feb. 2022 That complication is known as pulmonary edema, per the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, Health.com, 14 Feb. 2022 The cause of death was listed as pulmonary tuberculosis; Blake, who reportedly had not worked for more than two years, had been hospitalized with pneumonia earlier that year, according to the coroner's report. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Feb. 2022 Risk factors identified in the study included dementia, pulmonary diseases, liver diseases and diabetes, as well as age over 65. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of pulmonary was in 1704

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29 Apr 2022

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“Pulmonary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulmonary. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for pulmonary


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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