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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- pleu·rit·ic [ploo-rit-ik], /plʊˈrɪt ɪk/, adjective
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How to use pleurisy in a sentence
Tuberculous pleurisy due to direct extension from the lung may give excess of polymorphonuclears owing to mixed infection.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
By stopping and stewing in a perfectly airless state-room 292 I seem to have got rid of the pleurisy.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
Hippocrates and Galen had advised to bleed largely from the arm on the affected side in pleurisy and pneumonia.An Epitome of the History of Medicine | Roswell Park
A pleurisy set in on the following day, and soon death was rapidly nearing.The Surprises of Life | Georges Clemenceau
The young man died in the most commonplace way of a pleurisy caught as he came out of the theatre.Parisians in the Country | Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for pleurisy
inflammation of the pleura, characterized by pain that is aggravated by deep breathing or coughing
- pleuritic (plʊˈrɪtɪk), adjective, noun
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Scientific definitions for pleurisy
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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