Meaning of pneumonia

pneu•mo•nia

Pronunciation: (noo-mōn'yu, -mō'nē-u, nyoo-), [key]
— n. Pathol.
  1. inflammation of the lungs with congestion.
  2. Also calledan acute disease of the lungs, caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and characterized by fever, a cough with blood-tinged phlegm, and difficult breathing.
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