[ puhl-muh-ner-ee, pool- ]

  1. of or relating to the lungs.

  2. of the nature of a lung; lunglike.

  1. affecting the lungs.

  2. having lungs or lunglike organs.

  3. pertaining to or affected with disease of the lungs.

Origin of pulmonary

1650–60; <Latin pulmōnārius of the lungs, equivalent to pulmōn- (stem of pulmō lung; akin to Greek pleúmōn, later pneúmōn lung; cf. pneuma) + -ārius-ary

Other words from pulmonary

  • in·ter·pul·mo·nar·y, adjective
  • non·pul·mo·nar·y, adjective
  • post·pul·mo·nar·y, adjective
  • sub·pul·mo·nar·y, adjective
  • trans·pul·mo·nar·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pulmonary


/ (ˈpʌlmənərɪ, -mənrɪ, ˈpʊl-) /

  1. of, or relating to or affecting the lungs

  2. having lungs or lunglike organs

Origin of pulmonary

C18: from Latin pulmōnārius, from pulmō a lung; related to Greek pleumōn a lung

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Scientific definitions for pulmonary


[ pulmə-nĕr′ē ]

  1. Relating to or involving the lungs.

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