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[noo-mon-ik, nyoo-] /nʊˈmɒn ɪk, nyʊ-/
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 forms
postpneumonic, adjective
Can be confused
mnemonic, pneumonic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pneumonic
  • It takes three forms: pneumonic, bubonic, and septicemic.
  • Patients with pneumonic plague should be strictly isolated from caregivers and other patients.
  • Plague can exist in different forms, bubonic and pneumonic plague.
  • When the infection involves the lungs, the disease is called pneumonic plague.
  • People or animals with pneumonic plague may transmit the disease to other people by coughing.
  • The three principal clinical presentations of plague are bubonic, septicemic, and pneumonic.
British Dictionary definitions for pneumonic


of, relating to, or affecting the lungs; pulmonary
of or relating to pneumonia
Word Origin
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).

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pneumonic in Medicine

pneumonic pneu·mon·ic (nu-mŏn'ĭk, nyu-)

  1. Relating to, affected by, or similar to pneumonia.

  2. Of, affecting, or relating to the lungs; pulmonary.

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