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pneumocystis pneumonia

[ noo-muh-sis-tis, nyoo- ]
/ ˌnu məˈsɪs tɪs, ˌnyu- /
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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
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Also called pneumocys·tis ca·ri·ni·i pneumo·nia [kuh-rahy-nee-ahy]. /kəˈraɪ niˌaɪ/.

Origin of pneumocystis pneumonia

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