One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Disease of the lungs; especially pneumonia.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Liber Uricrisiarum. Probably from post-classical Latin pulmonia disease of the lungs, pneumonia from classical Latin pulmōn-, pulmō lung + -ia. Compare Middle French poulmonie, Middle French, French pulmonie pneumonia, disease of the lungs, Spanish pulmonía.
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