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[noo-mon-ik, nyoo-] /nʊˈmɒn ɪk, nyʊ-/
of, relating to, or affecting the lungs; pulmonary.
pertaining to or affected with pneumonia.
Origin of pneumonic
1665-75; < New Latin pneumonicus < Greek pneumonikós. See pneumon-, -ic
Related forms
postpneumonic, adjective
Can be confused
mnemonic, pneumonic. Unabridged
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  • In pneumonic cases the bacillus may be found in the sputum of the patient.

    The Flea Harold Russell
  • The more fatal form is known as pneumonic plague, and in this the lungs are the seat of the disease.

    Disease and Its Causes William Thomas Councilman
  • It is the custom to speak of (a) bubonic plague, (b) septicmic plague, (c) pneumonic plague, as though they were three diseases.

    The Flea Harold Russell
  • pneumonic plague had appeared in Manchuria, and was stalking through the land.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • The cause of the pneumonic plague is so little known that it may be interesting to mention it here.

  • pneumonic Plague is an even more dangerous form of this disease.

    A Guide to Health Mahatma Gandhi
  • It occurs in several forms, of which the bubonic and the pneumonic are the most common.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
  • Has the pneumonic or bronchitic no need of special ventilation because his microbe is of a different breed?

British Dictionary definitions for pneumonic


of, relating to, or affecting the lungs; pulmonary
of or relating to pneumonia
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin pneumonicus, from Greek, from pneumon lung
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Word Origin and History for pneumonic

"pertaining to the lungs," 1670s, from Latin pneumonicus, from Greek pneumonikos "of the lungs," from pneumon (see pneumonia).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pneumonic in Medicine

pneumonic pneu·mon·ic (nu-mŏn'ĭk, nyu-)

  1. Relating to, affected by, or similar to pneumonia.

  2. Of, affecting, or relating to the lungs; pulmonary.

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