[ 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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How to use pleura in a sentence
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 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 pleurapleural, adjective
Word Origin for pleura
C17: via Medieval Latin from Greek: side, rib
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Medical definitions for pleura
[ 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.
Other words from pleurapleu′ral adj.
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Scientific definitions for pleura
[ plur′ə ]
Plural pleurae (plur′ē)
A membrane that encloses each lung and lines the chest cavity.
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