pulmonary [puhl-muh-ner-ee, poo l-] Word Origin adjective

  1. of or relating to the lungs.
  2. of the nature of a lung; lunglike.
  3. affecting the lungs.
  4. having lungs or lunglike organs.
  5. pertaining to or affected with disease of the lungs.

Origin of pulmonary 1650–60; Latin pulmōnārius of the lungs, equivalent to pulmōn- (stem of pulmō lung; akin to Greek pleúmōn, later pneúmōn lung; cf. pneuma) + -ārius -ary Related formsin·ter·pul·mo·nar·y, adjectivenon·pul·mo·nar·y, adjectivepost·pul·mo·nar·y, adjectivesub·pul·mo·nar·y, adjectivetrans·pul·mo·nar·y, adjective British Dictionary definitions for transpulmonary pulmonary adjective

  1. of, or relating to or affecting the lungs
  2. having lungs or lunglike organs

Word Origin for pulmonary C18: from Latin pulmōnārius, from pulmō a lung; related to Greek pleumōn a lung Word Origin and History for transpulmonary pulmonary adj.

1704, from French pulmonaire and directly from Latin pulmonarius “of the lungs,” from pulmo (genitive pulmonis) “lung,” cognate with Greek pleumon “lung,” Old Church Slavonic plusta, Lithuanian plauciai “lungs,” all from PIE *pleu- “to flow, to float, to swim” (see pluvial).

The notion perhaps is from the fact that, when thrown into a pot of water, lungs of a slaughtered animal float, while the heart, liver, etc., do not (cf. Middle English lights “the lungs,” literally “the light (in weight) organs”). Also cf. pneumo-.

transpulmonary in Medicine pulmonary [pul′mə-nĕr′ē, pŭl′-] adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or affecting the lungs.

transpulmonary in Science pulmonary [pul′mə-nĕr′ē]

  1. Relating to or involving the lungs.

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