pleurisy

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noun pleu·ri·sy \ˈplu̇r-ə-sē\

Definition of pleurisy

  1. :  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

pleuritic

play \plu̇-ˈri-tik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of pleurisy

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


PLEURISY Defined for English Language Learners

pleurisy

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Definition of pleurisy for English Language Learners

  • medical : a serious and painful disease of the lungs


PLEURISY Defined for Kids

pleurisy

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noun pleu·ri·sy \ˈplu̇r-ə-sē\

Definition of pleurisy for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

pleurisy

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noun pleu·ri·sy \ˈplu̇r-ə-sē\

Medical Definition of pleurisy

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pleurisies

  1. :  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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