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pneumocystis pneumonia

[noo-muh-sis-tis, nyoo-] /ˌnu məˈsɪs tɪs, ˌnyu-/
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.
Also called pneumocystis carinii pneumonia
[kuh-rahy-nee-ahy] /kəˈraɪ niˌaɪ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1980-1985
1980-85; pneumocystis < New Latin: genus name; see pneumo-, cyst
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