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[ploo r-uh l] /ˈplʊər əl/
Anatomy. of or relating to the pleura.
Entomology. of or relating to a pleuron.
Origin of pleural
1835-45; pleur(a), pleur(on) + -al1
Related forms
interpleural, adjective
transpleural, adjective
transpleurally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pleural
  • The industry argues that this carries little risk of pleural mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs' protective lining.
  • The goal of treatment is to get the patient stable, stop the bleeding, and remove the blood and air in the pleural space.
  • In tension pneumothorax, however, air enters the pleural space with each breath and gets trapped there.
  • The doctor may hear a sound called a heart friction rub or pleural friction rub.
  • The tumor is accompanied by an increased amount of fluid between the pleural membrane and the lung.
  • pleural effusion is a common complication of cardiac surgery.
Word Origin and History for pleural

1835, from pleura + -al (1). Alternative pleuric is attested from 1825.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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