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[ploo r-uh] /ˈplʊər ə/

noun, plural pleurae
[ploo r-ee] /ˈplʊər i/ (Show IPA), for 1.
Anatomy, Zoology. a delicate serous membrane investing each lung in mammals and folded back as a lining of the corresponding side of the thorax.
plural of .
noun (pl) pleurae (ˈplʊəriː)
the thin transparent serous membrane enveloping the lungs and lining the walls of the thoracic cavity
the plural of pleuron

early 15c., medical Latin, from Greek pleura “side of the body, rib,” also “flank of an army, page of a book,” of unknown origin.

pleura pleu·ra (plur’ə)
n. pl. pleu·rae (plur’ē)
The thin serous membrane that envelops each lung and folds back to make a lining for the chest cavity.
pleu’ral adj.
Plural pleurae (plr’ē)
A membrane that encloses each lung and lines the chest cavity.


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  • Pleural

    [ploo r-uh l] /ˈplʊər əl/ adjective 1. Anatomy. of or relating to the . 2. Entomology. of or relating to a pleuron. adj. 1835, from pleura + -al (1). Alternative pleuric is attested from 1825.

  • Pleural-cavity

    noun 1. a narrow, fluid-filled space between the pleural membranes of the lung and the inner chest wall. pleural cavity n. The potential space between the parietal and visceral layers of the pleura. Also called pleural space.

  • Pleural fluid

    pleural fluid n. The thin film of fluid between the visceral and parietal pleurae.

  • Pleural fremitus

    pleural fremitus n. The vibration in the chest wall produced by the rubbing together of the roughened opposing surfaces of the pleura.

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