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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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Keywords that were used for the search were: pleural effusion, pleuritis, pleural infection, empyema, pleural tuberculosis, and mesothelioma along with names of different countries using each country name separately.
Intrapleural streptokinase was of no benefit in patients with pleural infection in a randomized, placebo-controlled trial.
1983) report that open-window thoracoscopy controls the pleural infection, allows patients to recover from the toxic effects of sepsis, and prevents aspiration of bacteria into the remaining lung when patients have a bronchopleural fistula.
If there is an increase in the yield of culture by inoculating the pleural fluid into enrichment media, the spectrum of the various organisms causing pleural infection and their antibiotic sensitivity can be identified and thus help in appropriate treatment.
1] The term is often wrongly used in much wider sense to include all phases of pleural infection from an infected turbid effusion to a mature abscess containing thick pus.