pneumocystis pneumonia

[noo-muh-sis-tis, nyoo-]

noun Pathology.

a pulmonary infection caused by the protozoan Pneumocystis carinii, occurring as an opportunistic disease in persons with impaired immune systems, as AIDS victims. Abbreviation: PCP

Nearby words

  1. pneumococcus,
  2. pneumoconiosis,
  3. pneumocranium,
  4. pneumocystis,
  5. pneumocystis carinii,
  6. pneumocystography,
  7. pneumocystosis,
  8. pneumoderma,
  9. pneumodynamics,
  10. pneumoencephalogram

Origin of pneumocystis pneumonia

1980–85; pneumocystis < New Latin: genus name; see pneumo-, cyst

Also called pneumocys·tis ca·ri·ni·i pneumo·nia [kuh-rahy-nee-ahy] /kəˈraɪ niˌaɪ/.

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