[noo-mon-ik, nyoo-]


of, relating to, or affecting the lungs; pulmonary.
pertaining to or affected with pneumonia.

Origin of pneumonic

1665–75; < New Latin pneumonicus < Greek pneumonikós. See pneumon-, -ic
Related formspost·pneu·mon·ic, adjective
Can be confusedmnemonic pneumonic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of pneumonic

Historical Examples of pneumonic

  • In pneumonic cases the bacillus may be found in the sputum of the patient.

    The Flea

    Harold Russell

  • It occurs in several forms, of which the bubonic and the pneumonic are the most common.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • 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

  • Under these conditions the pneumonic patient sprays plague bacilli into the air while coughing and droplet infection follows.


    Thomas Wright Jackson

  • A patient, while delirious with the pneumonic form of the plague, expectorated into the face of an English nurse caring for him.

British Dictionary definitions for pneumonic



of, relating to, or affecting the lungs; pulmonary
of or relating to pneumonia

Word Origin for pneumonic

C17: from New Latin pneumonicus, from Greek, from pneumon lung
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Word Origin and History for pneumonic

"pertaining to the lungs," 1670s, from Latin pneumonicus, from Greek pneumonikos "of the lungs," from pneumon (see pneumonia).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pneumonic in Medicine




Relating to, affected by, or similar to pneumonia.
Of, affecting, or relating to the lungs; pulmonary.
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