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
3 : occurring in the pulmonary artery a pulmonary embolism

Examples of pulmonary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web SynsorMed is initially deploying its platform for use with devices that monitor patients with chronic pulmonary disease, but the company plans to expand into monitoring for congestive heart failure, diabetes and other chronic conditions. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Alabama Futures Fund investing in medtech company," 22 Jan. 2020 The cause was kidney disease and pulmonary disease, said a daughter, Susan Sharrow. Capt. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 15 Jan. 2020 Most of these deaths were caused by respiratory infections, pulmonary disease or pneumonia, health officials said. New York Times, "India Cold Wave Breaks Records, Shuts Schools and Makes Bad Air Worse," 1 Jan. 2020 Often promoted as a healthier alternative to smoking, vaping increases the chances of developing chronic pulmonary diseases like emphysema, asthma and bronchitis by 30%, the report said. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "'It's 100 percent not safe': Vaping increases risk of chronic lung disease by 30%, according to new study," 17 Dec. 2019 He was hospitalized for chest pains and eventually diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism last fall, but is now trying to practice a healthy diet and stop smoking to improve himself. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Dog the Bounty Hunter Slams False Rumors That He Died After a 'Depression Attack'," 26 Jan. 2020 The Fresno Bee reports the Tulare County resident died of severe pulmonary injury associated with vaping. BostonGlobe.com, "SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Authorities say a central California resident has died from complications related to the use of e-cigarettes.," 18 Sep. 2019 Altitude sickness, caused by going too high too fast, can cause headaches, nausea and dizziness and, at its extreme end, high altitude pulmonary edema, a potentially fatal buildup of fluid in the lungs. Washington Post, "How a lifelong obsession with snow leopards led me to northern India," 10 Jan. 2020 There are 68 confirmed cases in Ohio of people with severe pulmonary illness following vaping as of Nov. 26, ODH reports. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Possible vaping illness in Lake County male is under investigation," 2 Dec. 2019

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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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18 Feb 2020

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“Pulmonary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulmonary. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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