[ ploo r-uh ]
/ ˈplʊər ə /

noun, plural pleu·rae [ploo r-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.

Origin of pleura

1655–65; < New Latin < Greek pleurá (singular) side, rib

Definition for pleura (2 of 2)

[ ploo r-on ]
/ ˈplʊər ɒn /

noun, plural pleu·ra [ploo r-uh] /ˈplʊər ə/. Entomology.

the lateral plate or plates of a thoracic segment of an insect.

Origin of pleuron

First recorded in 1700–10, pleuron is from the Greek word pleurón rib, (plural) side Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for pleura (1 of 2)

/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for pleura (2 of 2)

/ (ˈplʊərɒn) /

noun plural pleura (ˈplʊərə)

the part of the cuticle of arthropods that covers the lateral surface of a body segment

Word Origin for pleuron

C18: from Greek: side
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Medical definitions for pleura

[ plurə ]

n. pl. pleu•rae (plurē)

The thin serous membrane that envelops each lung and folds back to make a lining for the chest cavity.

Other words from pleura

pleural adj.
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Scientific definitions for pleura

[ plurə ]

Plural pleurae (plurē)

A membrane that encloses each lung and lines the chest cavity.
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