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  Pneumonia



Pneumonia

   Acute inflammation or infection of the lungs.

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Acute
1. Of short course. 2. Severe, but of a short duration. Not chronic.

Inflammation
A reaction to an injury to the body - by infection, chemicals or physical agents. The symptoms can be - depending on the location of the injury- redness, swelling, heat and pain. The purpose of the inflammation is to dilute and destroy the agent causing the inflammation. To do this, the immune system starts a cascade of actions that causes active cells to gather at the affected location. It is these cells and fluids that cause the redness, swelling, heat and pain.

Infection


Lungs
The main respiratory organs in the chest where blood is oxygenated.



SIMILAR TERMS
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Pneumococcus genera
Streptococcus pneumoniae is a species of Streptococcus that is a major human pathogen.

Pneumoconiosis
Any of several lung diseases caused by inhaling particles of industrial substances.

Pneumonectomy
Surgical procedure to remove the entire lung.

Pneumothorax
The buildup of air or gas in the chest cavity. May cause lung collapse.



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Having to do with the sole of the foot.

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A network of nerves or veins.

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Chronic lead poisoning.

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Any of several lung diseases caused by inhaling particles of industrial substances.

Pneumonia

Pneumothorax
The buildup of air or gas in the chest cavity. May cause lung collapse.

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The branch of medicine that pertains to the foot and its ailments.

Poison
A substance that causes illness or death when eaten, drunk or absorbed into the body.

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An acute, infectious disease that attacks the central nervous system. Sometimes causes paralysis that can result in permanent deformities. Vaccines are available. Also called polio.

Polycythemia
Abnormal increase in the number of red blood cells or hematocrit.

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