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Pneumocystis carinii

Pneumocystis carinii Pneumocystis ca·ri·ni·i n.
A parasite transitional between a fungus and protozoan, frequently occurring as aggregate forms existing within rounded cystlike structures. It is the causative agent of pneumocystosis.


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    [noo-muh-sis-tis, nyoo-] /ˌnu məˈsɪs tɪs, ˌnyu-/ noun, Pathology. 1. a pulmonary infection caused by the protozoan Pneumocystis carinii, occurring as an opportunistic disease in persons with impaired immune systems, as AIDS victims. Abbreviation: PCP.

  • Pneumocystosis

    pneumocystosis pneu·mo·cys·to·sis (nōō’mō-sĭ-stō’sĭs, nyōō’-) n. Pneumonia that results from infection with Pneumocystis carinii, occurs frequently among immunologically compromised individuals, and is characterized by alveoli filled with a network of acidophilic material that enmeshes the organisms. Also called interstitial plasma cell pneumonia.

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    pneumocystography pneu·mo·cys·tog·ra·phy (nōō’mō-sĭ-stŏg’rə-fē, nyōō’-) n. Radiography of the bladder following the injection of air.

  • Pneumoderma

    pneumoderma pneu·mo·der·ma (nōō’mə-dûr’mə, nyōō’-) n. See subcutaneous emphysema.

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