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[puhl-muh-ner-ee, poo l-] /ˈpʌl məˌnɛr i, ˈpʊl-/
of or relating to the lungs.
of the nature of a lung; lunglike.
affecting the lungs.
having lungs or lunglike organs.
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
Related forms
interpulmonary, adjective
nonpulmonary, adjective
postpulmonary, adjective
subpulmonary, adjective
transpulmonary, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pulmonary
  • pulmonary hypertension is abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs.
  • pulmonary valve stenosis is a heart valve disorder that involves the pulmonary valve.
  • pulmonary veno-occlusive disease is an extremely rare form of high blood pressure in the lung area.
  • If a part of the clot breaks off and travels to the lung, a phenomenon called pulmonary embolism occurs.
  • One of them, the pulmonary artery, takes blood to the lungs to receive oxygen.
  • Or a valve in the heart can leak, spilling blood into the lungs and causing pulmonary edema.
  • The cause was a pulmonary embolism as a complication of lung cancer, his family said.
  • The cause was a pulmonary embolism, family members said.
  • pulmonary rehabilitation can improve exercise tolerance and quality of life in the short-term.
  • Doctors gave the cause as acute pulmonary infection.
British Dictionary definitions for pulmonary


/ˈpʌlmənərɪ; -mənrɪ; ˈpʊl-/
of, or relating to or affecting the lungs
having lungs or lunglike organs
Word Origin
C18: from Latin pulmōnārius, from pulmō a lung; related to Greek pleumōn a lung
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Word Origin and History for pulmonary

1704, from French pulmonaire and directly from Latin pulmonarius "of the lungs," from pulmo (genitive pulmonis) "lung," cognate with Greek pleumon "lung," Old Church Slavonic plusta, Lithuanian plauciai "lungs," all from PIE *pleu- "to flow, to float, to swim" (see pluvial).

The notion perhaps is from the fact that, when thrown into a pot of water, lungs of a slaughtered animal float, while the heart, liver, etc., do not (cf. Middle English lights "the lungs," literally "the light (in weight) organs"). Also cf. pneumo-.

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pulmonary in Medicine

pulmonary pul·mo·nar·y (pul'mə-něr'ē, pŭl'-)
Of, relating to, or affecting the lungs.

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pulmonary in Science
Relating to or involving the lungs.
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