[ 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
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Examples from the Web for pleurae
After the pericardium and pleurae have been separated off the remainder of the coelom becomes the peritoneum.
There is probably very little difference in the lower level of the pleurae on the two sides.
British Dictionary definitions for pleurae
/ (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 Formspleural, adjective
Word Origin for pleura
C17: via Medieval Latin from Greek: side, rib
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Medicine definitions for pleurae
[ plur′ə ]
n. pl. pleu•rae (plur′ē)
The thin serous membrane that envelops each lung and folds back to make a lining for the chest cavity.
Related formspleu′ral adj.
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Science definitions for pleurae
[ plur′ə ]
Plural pleurae (plur′ē)
A membrane that encloses each lung and lines the chest cavity.
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