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pneumonic plague

noun, Pathology.
1.
a form of plague characterized by lung involvement.
Compare plague.
Origin of pneumonic plague
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900
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  • 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
  • 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 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
  • In the latter part of 1910 the pneumonic plague first appeared in Harbin a town in Manchuria under Chinese control.

    Peking Dust Ellen N. La Motte
pneumonic plague in Medicine

pneumonic plague n.
A frequently fatal form of bubonic plague in which the lungs are infected and the disease is transmissible by coughing.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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