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pleura

play
noun pleu·ra \ˈplu̇r-ə\

Definition of pleura

plural pleu·rae play \ˈplu̇r-ˌē, -ˌī\ or pleuras

  1. :  the delicate serous membrane that lines each half of the thorax of mammals and is folded back over the surface of the lung of the same side

pleu·ral play \ˈplu̇r-əl\ adjective


Origin of pleura

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Greek, rib, side


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with pleura


Medical Dictionary

pleura

play
noun pleu·ra \ˈplu̇r-ə\

Medical Definition of pleura

plural pleu·rae \ˈplu̇r-ē\play or pleuras

  1. :  either of a pair of two-walled sacs of serous membrane each of which lines one lateral half of the thorax, has an inner visceral layer closely adherent to the corresponding lung, is reflected at the root of the lung to form a parietal layer that adheres to the walls of the thorax, the pericardium, the upper surface of the diaphragm, and adjacent parts, and contains a small amount of serous fluid that minimizes the friction of respiratory movements




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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "pleura" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "pleura"


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