pneumonia definition

  • noun:
    • An acute or persistent condition marked by inflammation regarding the lungs and caused by viruses, germs, or other microorganisms and often by physical and chemical irritants.
    • An acute or persistent swelling of the lungs brought on by viruses, germs or other microorganisms, or often by actual or chemical irritants.
    • irritation associated with the lung area.
    • infection associated with areas associated with lung, as distinct from inflammation for the bronchial pipes (bronchitis) and from inflammation associated with serous covering regarding the lungs (pleuritis). Also referred to as pneumonitis
    • respiratory condition described as infection of the lung parenchyma (excluding the bronchi) with obstruction brought on by viruses or micro-organisms or irritants

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