- a combining form meaning “side,” “rib,” “lateral,” “pleura,” used in the formation of compound words: pleuropneumonia.
Also especially before a vowel, pleur-.
Origin of pleuro-
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before a vowel pleur-
- of or relating to the sidepleurodont; pleurodynia
- indicating the pleurapleurotomy
Word Origin for pleuro-
from Greek pleura side
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before vowels pleur-, word-forming element meaning "pertaining to the side; pertaining to the pleura," from comb. form of Greek pleura (see pleura).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Side; lateral:pleurocentrum.
- Pleura; pleural:pleurotomy.
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