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pneumonic plague

noun, Pathology
a form of plague characterized by lung involvement.
Compare plague.
Origin of pneumonic plague
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for pneumonic plague
  • If you believe you have been intentionally exposed to pneumonic plague, you should contact law enforcement officials immediately.
  • The bacteria in some cases can spread to the lungs causing a severe respiratory illness called pneumonic plague.
  • Plague can exist in different forms, bubonic and pneumonic plague.
  • pneumonic plague requires strict isolation and disinfection, and treatment procedures.
  • The third form is pneumonic plague, which occurs when infection moves to the lungs.
  • Inhalation of a droplet of infectious mucous from a pneumonic plague patient.
  • Postmortem examination revealed no evidence of pneumonic plague.
  • pneumonic plague symptoms are similar to the flu and can include coughing up blood.
pneumonic plague in Medicine

pneumonic plague n.
A frequently fatal form of bubonic plague in which the lungs are infected and the disease is transmissible by coughing.

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