noun Pathology.
inflammation of the pleura, with or without a liquid effusion in the pleural cavity, characterized by a dry cough and pain in the affected side.

1350–1400; Middle English pluresy < Old French pleurisie < Late Latin pleurīsis, alteration of Latin pleurītis < Greek pleurîtis. See pleura, -itis

pleuritic [ploo-rit-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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pleurisy (ˈplʊərɪsɪ)
inflammation of the pleura, characterized by pain that is aggravated by deep breathing or coughing
[C14: from Old French pleurisie, from Late Latin pleurisis, from Greek pleuritis, from pleura side]
adj, —n

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late 14c., from O.Fr. pleurisie (13c.), from L.L. pleurisis "pleurisy" (c.400), alt. of L. pleuritis "pain in the side," from Gk. pleuritis, from pleura "side of the body, rib," of unknown origin. Spelling alt. in L.L. on model of L. stem plur- "more" (cf. M.L. pluritas "multitude"), as if in ref. to
"excess of humors."
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pleurisy pleu·ri·sy (plur'ĭ-sē)
An inflammation of the pleura, usually occurring because of complications of a disease such as pneumonia, and accompanied by accumulation of fluid in the pleural cavity, chills, fever, and painful breathing and coughing. Also called pleuritis.

pleuritic pleu·rit·ic (plu-rĭt'ĭk)
Of or relating to pleurisy.

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pleurisy   (plr'ĭ-sē)  Pronunciation Key 
An inflammation of the pleura, usually occurring because of complications of a respiratory disease or condition such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, pleural injury, or asbestos exposure. Pleurisy is usually accompanied by the accumulation of fluid between the pleurae, chills, fever, and painful breathing and coughing.
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