pneumocystis pneumonia

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pneu•mo•cys′tis pneumo′nia

(ˌnu məˈsɪs tɪs, ˌnyu-)

a rare form of pulmonary infection caused by the protozoan Pneumocystis carinii, occurring as an opportunistic disease in persons with impaired immune systems, as persons with AIDS.Abbr.: PCP Also called pneumocys′tis ca•ri′ni•i pneumo′nia (kəˈraɪ niˌaɪ)
[1980–85; pneumocystis < New Latin: genus name; see pneumo-, cyst]
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Noun1.pneumocystis pneumonia - pneumonia occurring in infants or in persons with impaired immune systems (as AIDS victims)
pneumonia - respiratory disease characterized by inflammation of the lung parenchyma (excluding the bronchi) with congestion caused by viruses or bacteria or irritants
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