- 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.
Origin of pleurisy
Examples from the Web for pleurisy
I had an attack of pleurisy after this, and was twenty-three days between life and death.My Double Life
My distemper was a pleurisy, which very nearly carried me off.Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Suddhoo's son at Peshawar was attacked by pleurisy, and old Suddhoo was troubled.The Lock And Key Library
Not since Stephen was bad with pleurisy had she felt so worried.Fraternity
"Pleurisy," sighed Aunt Plenty, from the depths of the bath-tub.Eight Cousins
Louisa M. Alcott
- inflammation of the pleura, characterized by pain that is aggravated by deep breathing or coughing
Word Origin and History for pleurisy
late 14c., from Old French pleurisie (13c., Modern French pleurésie) and directly from Late Latin pleurisis "pleurisy," alteration of Latin pleuritis "pain in the side," from Greek pleuritis, from pleura "side of the body, rib," of unknown origin. Spelling altered in Late Latin on model of Latin stem plur- "more" (cf. Medieval Latin pluritas "multitude"), as if in reference to "excess of humors."
- 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.pleuritis
- 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.