[ pulmō, pŭl- ]
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n. pl. pul•mo•nes (pul-mōnēz, pŭl-)
A lung.
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Medical definitions for pulmo (2 of 2)


Lung; pulmonary:pulmoaortic.
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What does pulmo- mean?

Pulmo- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “lung.” It is used in medical terms, especially in anatomy and pathology.

Pulmo- comes from the Latin pulmō, meaning “lung.” This Latin root is also the source of pulmonary, a medical adjective for “lung.”

The Greek word for lung is pneúmōn, source of the combining forms pneumo-, pneum-, pneumono-, and pneumon-.

What are variants of pulmo-?

The combining forms pulmono- and pulmon-, from the same Latin root as pulmo-, also mean “lung,” as in pulmonology and pulmonitis.

Examples of pulmo-

Pulmoaortic, meaning “relating to the pulmonary artery and the aorta,” is one example of a medical term that features the combining form pulmo-.

The first part of the word, pulmo-, means “lung,” as we have seen. The second part, -aortic, refers to the aorta, the main artery in the body. So, pulmoaortic literal means “relating to the lungs and aorta.”

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The word hepatic means “of or relating to the liver.” What parts of the body would a pulmohepatic syndrome affect?

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