pleura

noun
pleu·​ra | \ ˈplu̇r-ə How to pronounce pleura (audio) \
plural pleurae\ ˈplu̇r-​ˌē How to pronounce pleura (audio) , -​ˌī \ or pleuras

Definition of pleura

: 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

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Other Words from pleura

pleural \ ˈplu̇r-​əl How to pronounce pleura (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pleura in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tissue that lines the chest cavity and the outside of the lungs is called the pleura. Brittany Risher, Woman's Day, "5 Health Issues To Look Out For If You Suffer From Rheumatoid Arthritis," 13 Nov. 2020 Under normal conditions, viewers see a reflection of the pleura as a series of equidistant horizontal lines, called A lines, throughout those organs. Lina Zeldovich, Scientific American, "Handheld Ultrasound Devices Are Speeding Diagnosis of COVID-19," 11 June 2020 To check for them, doctors look at the pleura, the membrane that envelops each lung. Lina Zeldovich, Scientific American, "Handheld Ultrasound Devices Are Speeding Diagnosis of COVID-19," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of pleura

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pleura

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

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The first known use of pleura was in the 15th century

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“Pleura.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pleura. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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pleura

noun
pleu·​ra | \ ˈplu̇r-ə How to pronounce pleura (audio) \
plural pleurae\ ˈplu̇r-​ē How to pronounce pleura (audio) \ or pleuras

Medical Definition of pleura

: 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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