pneumonia

[ noo-mohn-yuh, -moh-nee-uh, nyoo- ]
/ nʊˈmoʊn yə, -ˈmoʊ ni ə, nyʊ- /

noun Pathology.

inflammation of the lungs with congestion.
Also called lobar pneumonia. an acute disease of the lungs, caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and characterized by fever, a cough with blood-tinged phlegm, and difficult breathing.

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Origin of pneumonia

1595–1605; < New Latin < Greek pneumonía. See pneumon-, -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for pneumonia

pneumonia
/ (njuːˈməʊnɪə) /

noun

inflammation of one or both lungs, in which the air sacs (alveoli) become filled with liquid, which renders them useless for breathing. It is usually caused by bacterial (esp pneumococcal) or viral infection

Word Origin for pneumonia

C17: New Latin from Greek from pneumōn lung
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Medical definitions for pneumonia

pneumonia
[ nu-mōnyə ]

n.

An acute or chronic disease marked by inflammation of the lungs and caused by viruses, bacteria, or other microorganisms and sometimes by physical and chemical irritants.
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Scientific definitions for pneumonia

pneumonia
[ nu-mōnyə ]

An acute or chronic disease marked by inflammation of the lungs, especially an infectious disease caused by viruses, bacteria, or other pathogens, such as mycoplasmas. Individuals with pneumonia often have abnormal chest x-rays that show areas with fluid in the infected part of the lungs.
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Cultural definitions for pneumonia

pneumonia
[ (nuh-mohn-yuh) ]

A disease characterized by inflammation of the lungs. Pneumonia can be caused by many factors, including bacterial infections, viral infections, and the inhalation of chemical irritants.

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