pneumocystis pneumonia

[noo-muh-sis-tis, nyoo-]
noun Pathology.
  1. 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

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/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018