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pleu·ra 1

n. pl. pleu·rae (plo͝or′ē)
A thin serous membrane in mammals that envelops each lung and folds back to make a lining for the chest cavity.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Greek, side, rib.]

pleu′ral adj.

pleu·ra 2

Plural of pleuron.


n. pl. pleu·ra (plo͝or′ə)
Either of the two lateral portions of a body segment of an arthropod.

[New Latin, from Greek, side, rib.]

pleu·ral adj.
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Adj.1.pleural - of or relating to the pleura or the walls of the thorax; "pleural muscles"


[ˈplʊərl] adjpleurico/a


a. pleural, rel. a la pleura;
___ cavitycavidad ___;
___ effusionderrame ___;
___ fibrosisfibrosis ___;
___ mesotheliomaendotelioma maligno ___.


adj pleural
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A month ago, the patient was hospitalized for retrosternal pain, shortness of breath, but also left side chest pain accompanied by left pleural friction rub and systemic inflammatory response (ESR of 84 mm, fibrinogen of 780 mg/dl, C-reactive protein of 27 mg/dl, leukocytosis of 13.
Classic signs during physical examination are diminished breath sounds, dullness to the percussion, decrease tactile fremitus, and localized pleural friction rub.
At this level of fluid accumulation the therapist will often hear diminished breath sounds, with dullness to percussion, as well as reduced tactile and vocal fremitus and occasionally a pleural friction rub if inflammation is present.