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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.
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n, pl pleurae (ˈplʊəriː)
1. (Anatomy) the thin transparent serous membrane enveloping the lungs and lining the walls of the thoracic cavity
2. (Zoology) the plural of pleuron
[C17: via Medieval Latin from Greek: side, rib]
ˈpleural adj
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(ˈplʊər ə)

n., pl. pleu•rae (ˈplʊər i) .
one of a pair of serous membranes each of which covers a lung and folds back to line the corresponding side of the chest wall.
[1655–65; < New Latin < Greek pleurá (singular) side, rib]
pleu′ral, adj.
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A membrane that encloses each lung and lines the chest cavity.
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The double membrane that covers the lungs and lines the chest wall.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pleura - the thin serous membrane around the lungs and inner walls of the chestpleura - the thin serous membrane around the lungs and inner walls of the chest
parietal pleura - pleura that lines the inner chest walls and covers the diaphragm
visceral pleura - pleura that covers the lungs
pleural cavity - the cavity in the thorax that contains the lungs and heart
serosa, serous membrane - a thin membrane lining the closed cavities of the body; has two layers with a space between that is filled with serous fluid
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[ˈplʊərə] n (pleurae (pl)) [ˈplʊəriː]pleura
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n (pl -rae) pleura
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It is common extrapulmonary tuberculosis with a high clinical incidence, accounting for about 50% of the causes of pleural effusion.1 Patients with tuberculous pleurisy have high fibrin content in pleural effusion, which is easy to separate and form multilocular effusion deposited in pleura to aggravate pleural inflammation, inhibit the permeability of pleural vessels, induce pleural thickening, encapsulation and adhesion, and lead to dyspnea and pulmonary dysfunction.2,3 The treatment principle of tuberculous pleurisy is thoracic drainage, emptying inflammatory factors and fibrin, and giving necessary anti-tuberculosis drugs.4
These lesions mainly originate from the visceral pleura and rarely occur outside the pleura, but they can occur in any part of the body.
They did not study cancer of the lung and pleura, the membrane surrounding the lungs, because the occupational burden for those conditions, which can be substantial, has already been reported.
Authors did not study cancer of the lung and pleura. Similarly, they did not include in their burden estimate asbestosis, silicosis and coal workers' pneumoconiosis (black lung), because those conditions are entirely work-related.
Impact of Asbestos: Asbestos fibers most often accumulate in lung tissues and in the membrane lining the lungs called the pleura. Benign asbestos-related diseases include asbestosis, pleuritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which make it difficult for patients to breathe.
Giant Solitary Fibrous Tumor of the Pleura in Young Patient
Pleural histology showed occasional strips of columnar epithelium, with ciliated metaplasia on the surface of the pleura. The epithelium was surrounded by endometrial-type stroma with associated interstitial haemorrhage.
"Inhaling fibres of asbestos material is toxic and can lead to cancer of the abdomen and asbestosis (cancer of the pleura)," a report signed by S.
6 Pleurisy, an inflammation in the covering of the lungs (pleura) and probably signifies you have an underlying lung infection.
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a very aggressive tumor, which arises from the mesothelial cells of the pleura. The most significant factor for the development of malignant mesothelioma is airborne asbestos fibers.
Solitary fibrous tumors of the pleura (SFTP) are rare, slow-growing neoplasms, initially described in 1870 by Wagner and further characterized by Klemperer and Rabin in 1931.