walking pneumonia

noun

: a usually mild pneumonia caused by a mycoplasma (Mycoplasma pneumoniae) and characterized by malaise, cough, and often fever

Examples of walking pneumonia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mycoplasma pneumoniae most commonly causes walking pneumonia in people younger than 40.14 Legionella pneumophila cause illness in older adults, people with smoke, and those with weak immune systems. Korin Miller, Health, 6 Aug. 2023 Kathryn Vaughn, an art teacher in Covington, Tenn., works at a rural elementary school that’s so understaffed that she’s kept teaching — with a mask — even with RSV and walking pneumonia. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2022 What’s the difference between pneumonia and walking pneumonia? Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Dec. 2022 She was admitted to Northeast Baptist Hospital with walking pneumonia and placed on a ventilator for a week. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Mar. 2022 As a teenager, Hiles had developed walking pneumonia that stayed with her for years. Your Fat Friend, SELF, 21 Dec. 2020 The lefthander is dealing with a case of the flu that morphed into walking pneumonia. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Feb. 2020 Marsh is dealing with walking pneumonia, which forced him out of the all-star game. Benjamin Wolk, ajc, 13 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of walking pneumonia was in 1888

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“Walking pneumonia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walking%20pneumonia. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

walking pneumonia

noun
: a usually mild pneumonia caused by a bacterium of the genus Mycoplasma (M. pneumoniae) and characterized by malaise, cough, and often fever
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