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a combining form meaning “side,” “rib,” “lateral,” “pleura,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, especially before a vowel, pleur-.
Origin of pleuro-
See origin at pleura, -o- Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for pleuro-


combining form
of or relating to the side: pleurodont, pleurodynia
indicating the pleura: pleurotomy
Word Origin
from Greek pleura side
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Word Origin and History for pleuro-

before vowels pleur-, word-forming element meaning "pertaining to the side; pertaining to the pleura," from comb. form of Greek pleura (see pleura).

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pleuro- in Medicine

pleuro- or pleur-

  1. Side; lateral: pleurocentrum.

  2. Pleura; pleural: pleurotomy.

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