- Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs and causes coughing, fever, difficulty breathing and congestion.
An example of pneumonia is an inflammation caused by bacteria or a virus that leaves someone coughing and with a fever for a couple of weeks.
Origin of pneumoniaModern Latin ; from Classical Greek ; from pneumōn, lung: see pneuma
Origin of pneumoniaNew Latin, from Greek pneumoniā, lung disease, alteration (influenced by pneuma, breath) of pleumoniā, from pleumōn, lung; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
(usually uncountable, plural pneumonias or pneumoniæ)
- An acute or chronic inflammation of the lungs caused by viruses, bacteria or other microorganisms, or sometimes by physical or chemical irritants.
From Ancient Greek πνευμονία (pneumonia, “lung disease”), from πνεύμων (pneumōn, “lung”).