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[ploo r-uh-din-ee-uh]
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noun Pathology.
  1. pain in the chest or side.
  2. Also called epidemic pleurodynia, devil's grip. an epidemic disease caused by a coxsackievirus, characterized by sudden chest pain, mild fever, and recurrence on the third day of these symptoms.

Origin of pleurodynia

From New Latin, dating back to 1795–1805; see origin at pleur-, -odynia
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British Dictionary definitions for pleurodynia


  1. pain in the muscles between the ribs

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from pleuro- + Greek -odynia, from odynē pain
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pleurodynia in Medicine


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  1. Pleuritic pain in the chest.
  2. Paroxysmal pain and soreness of the muscles between the ribs, usually due to muscular rheumatism.pleuralgia
  3. Epidemic pleurodynia.
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