pleural

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cavity in the mesoderm of an embryo that gives rise in humans to the pleural cavity and pericardial cavity and peritoneal cavity celom , celoma , coelom
accumulation of blood in the pleural cavity (the space between the lungs and the walls of the chest) haemothorax , hemothorax
accumulation of fluid in the pleural cavity (the space between the lungs and the walls of the chest) often resulting from disease of the heart or kidneys hydrothorax
abnormal presence of air in the pleural cavity resulting in the collapse of the lung; may be spontaneous (due to injury to the chest) or induced (as a treatment for tuberculosis) pneumothorax
surgical incision into the chest walls opening up the pleural cavity thoracotomy
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