pleurisy

noun
pleu·​ri·​sy | \ ˈplu̇r-ə-sē How to pronounce pleurisy (audio) \

Definition of pleurisy

: inflammation of the pleura that is typically characterized by sudden onset, painful and difficult respiration, and exudation of fluid or fibrinous material into the pleural cavity

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Other Words from pleurisy

pleuritic \ plu̇-​ˈri-​tik How to pronounce pleurisy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pleurisy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since the collapsed lung, Ware has been to the emergency room several more times and been diagnosed with pleurisy, a condition in which the linings of the lungs become inflamed. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 11 Oct. 2019 Franklin died in 1790 of pleurisy, a painful inflammation of the tissue lining the lungs and chest. Philly.com, 8 Oct. 2017 Together, Amanda and her son, Tom (Joe Mantello), look after her daughter, Laura, a painfully shy young woman made ill by pleurisy as a teen-ager. The New Yorker, 31 Mar. 2017 Together, Amanda and Tom look after Tom’s sister, Laura (Madison Ferris), a painfully shy young woman whose bout of pleurisy as a teen-ager has left her with a limp. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, 10 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of pleurisy

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pleurisy

Middle English pleuresi, from Anglo-French pleuresie, from Late Latin pleurisis, alteration of Latin pleuritis, from Greek, from pleura side

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“Pleurisy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pleurisy. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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pleurisy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pleurisy

medical : a serious and painful disease of the lungs

pleurisy

noun
pleu·​ri·​sy | \ ˈplu̇r-ə-sē How to pronounce pleurisy (audio) \

Kids Definition of pleurisy

: a sore swollen state of the membrane that lines the chest often with fever, painful breathing, and coughing

pleurisy

noun
pleu·​ri·​sy | \ ˈplu̇r-ə-sē How to pronounce pleurisy (audio) \
plural pleurisies

Medical Definition of pleurisy

: inflammation of the pleura that is typically characterized by sudden onset, painful and difficult respiration, and exudation of fluid or fibrinous material into the pleural cavity

called also pleuritis

— see dry pleurisy, wet pleurisy

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