Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for pneumonic
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • In pneumonic cases the bacillus may be found in the sputum of the patient.

    The Flea Harold Russell
  • The more fatal form is known as pneumonic plague, and in this the lungs are the seat of the disease.

    Disease and Its Causes William Thomas Councilman
  • It is the custom to speak of (a) bubonic plague, (b) septicmic plague, (c) pneumonic plague, as though they were three diseases.

    The Flea Harold Russell
  • pneumonic plague had appeared in Manchuria, and was stalking through the land.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • The cause of the pneumonic plague is so little known that it may be interesting to mention it here.

  • pneumonic Plague is an even more dangerous form of this disease.

    A Guide to Health Mahatma Gandhi
  • It occurs in several forms, of which the bubonic and the pneumonic are the most common.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
  • Has the pneumonic or bronchitic no need of special ventilation because his microbe is of a different breed?

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pneumonic

"pertaining to the lungs," 1670s, from Latin pneumonicus, from Greek pneumonikos "of the lungs," from pneumon (see pneumonia).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for pneumonic

Scrabble Words With Friends