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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 pleuron.
Origin of pleura
1655-65; < New Latin < Greek pleurá (singular) side, rib


[ploo r-on] /ˈplʊər ɒn/
noun, plural pleura
[ploo r-uh] /ˈplʊər ə/ (Show IPA).
the lateral plate or plates of a thoracic segment of an insect.
1700-10; < Greek pleurón rib, (plural) side Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pleura
  • Fluid in the pleura is withdrawn using a long thin needle inserted between the ribs.
  • The lungs are two spongy organs surrounded by a thin, moist membrane called the pleura.
  • The lungs are two spongy organs surrounded by a thin moist membrane called the pleura.
  • Below, it rests in a depression on the first rib and upon the pleura.
  • There was purulent pleurisy with a considerable pocket of pus, and purulent false membranes on the walls of the pleura.
British Dictionary definitions for pleura


noun (pl) pleurae (ˈplʊəriː)
the thin transparent serous membrane enveloping the lungs and lining the walls of the thoracic cavity
the plural of pleuron
Derived Forms
pleural, adjective
Word Origin
C17: via Medieval Latin from Greek: side, rib


noun (pl) pleura (ˈplʊərə)
the part of the cuticle of arthropods that covers the lateral surface of a body segment
Word Origin
C18: from Greek: side
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Word Origin and History for pleura

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

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pleura in Medicine

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.
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pleura in Science
Plural pleurae (plr'ē)
A membrane that encloses each lung and lines the chest cavity.
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