[ ploor-uh-see ]

  1. inflammation of the pleura, with or without a liquid effusion in the pleural cavity, characterized by a dry cough and pain in the affected side.

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Origin of pleurisy

1350–1400; Middle English pluresy<Old French pleurisie<Late Latin pleurīsis, alteration of Latin pleurītis<Greek pleurîtis.See pleura, -itis

Other words from pleurisy

  • pleu·rit·ic [ploo-rit-ik], /plʊˈrɪt ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pleurisy


/ (ˈplʊərɪsɪ) /

  1. inflammation of the pleura, characterized by pain that is aggravated by deep breathing or coughing

Origin of pleurisy

C14: from Old French pleurisie, from Late Latin pleurisis, from Greek pleuritis, from pleura side

Derived forms of pleurisy

  • pleuritic (plʊˈrɪtɪk), adjective, noun

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Scientific definitions for pleurisy


[ plurĭ-sē ]

  1. An inflammation of the pleura, usually occurring because of complications of a respiratory disease or condition such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, pleural injury, or asbestos exposure. Pleurisy is usually accompanied by the accumulation of fluid between the pleurae, chills, fever, and painful breathing and coughing.

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