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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or affecting the lungs: pulmonary tuberculosis.
  • adj. Having lungs or lunglike organs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to, having, or affecting the lungs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the lungs; affecting the lungs; pulmonic.
  • n. Lungwort.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the lungs, in the widest sense; respiratory: as, pulmonary organs.
  • Affecting the lungs: as, pulmonary disease.
  • Remedial of affections of the lungs; pulmonic: as, pulmonary medicine.
  • Done by means of lungs; aërial, as a mode of breathing: opposed to branchial or tracheal: as, pulmonary respiration.
  • Having lungs, lung-sacs, or lung-like organs; able to breathe air; pulmobranchiate, pulmonate, or pulmoniferous: distinguished from branchiate: as, a pulmonary mollusk.
  • Of or having the characteristics of the Pulmonaria: distinguished from tracheary: as, a pulmonary arachnidan.
  • n. A pulmonary arachnidan, as a spider or scorpion; a member of the Pulmonaria.
  • n. Lungwort.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or affecting the lungs


Latin pulmōnārius, from pulmō, pulmōn-, lung; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pulmōnārius ("of the lungs"), from pulmō ("lung") + -ārius, from Proto-Indo-European *pléu-mon-. Cognate with Greek πλεμόνι, French poumon, Lithuanian plauciai, Polish płuco and Russian плавать ("to swim"). (Wiktionary)


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