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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.]
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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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]
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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.
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|Noun||1.||pleura - 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
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