Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of a group of fungi of the genus Pneumocystis, especially P. jirovecii, which causes pneumonia in immunocompromised individuals.

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  • noun pathology An infection of the lungs by the parasitic protozoan Pneumocystis carinii

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From New Latin Pneumocystis, genus name : pneumo– + New Latin cystis, cyst; see cyst.]

Examples

  • Twenty-five have suffered symptoms, but only 13 have developed "AIDS-defining" illnesses such as pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.

    Aids Or Chronic Fatigue?

  • On June 5, 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports a cluster of pneumocystis in five homosexual men in Los Angeles.

    World AIDS Day: timeline of a worldwide pandemic (Photos)

  • AIDS patients who survive early bouts with pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and other once lethal infections are now falling prey to an array of other maladies.

    Aids The Next Ten Years

  • Shortly after returning to Antwerp, Piot read a report from Los Angeles describing five young men -- all "active homosexuals" -- who'd suffered months of thrush, fevers and weight loss before dying of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.

    The Life of a Virus Hunter

  • In February 1987, Chalk was hospitalized with pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and was diagnosed as having AIDS.

    Law In The Health and Human Services

  • The boy has a recent history of multiple infections and there was pneumocystis swimming around in his blood so we put him in Laminar Flow, planned to keep him there for the first course of chemo, and then check how the immune system was working.

    Blood Test

  • The boy has a recent history of multiple infections and there was pneumocystis swimming around in his blood so we put him in Laminar Flow, planned to keep him there for the first course of chemo, and then check how the immune system was working.

    Blood Test

  • The boy has a recent history of multiple infections and there was pneumocystis swimming around in his blood so we put him in Laminar Flow, planned to keep him there for the first course of chemo, and then check how the immune system was working.

    Blood Test

  • The boy has a recent history of multiple infections and there was pneumocystis swimming around in his blood so we put him in Laminar Flow, planned to keep him there for the first course of chemo, and then check how the immune system was working.

    Blood Test

  • The first federal announcement, 30 years ago this week, concerned "five young men, all active homosexuals," with pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, or P.C.P., a disease "almost exclusively limited to severely immunosuppressed patients."

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