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pleura

[ ploor-uh ]
/ ˈplʊər ə /
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noun, plural pleu·rae [ploor-ee] /ˈplʊər i/ for 1.
Anatomy, Zoology. a delicate serous membrane investing each lung in mammals and folded back as a lining of the corresponding side of the thorax.
plural of pleuron.
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Origin of pleura

1655–65; <New Latin <Greek pleurá (singular) side, rib
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British Dictionary definitions for pleura

pleura
/ (ˈplʊərə) /

noun plural pleurae (ˈplʊəriː)
the thin transparent serous membrane enveloping the lungs and lining the walls of the thoracic cavity
the plural of pleuron

Derived forms of pleura

pleural, adjective

Word Origin for pleura

C17: via Medieval Latin from Greek: side, rib
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Scientific definitions for pleura

pleura
[ plurə ]

Plural pleurae (plurē)
A membrane that encloses each lung and lines the chest cavity.
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