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Inflammation of the pleura, usually occurring as a complication of a disease such as pneumonia, accompanied by accumulation of fluid in the pleural cavity, chills, fever, and painful breathing and coughing.
[Middle English pluresy, from Old French pleuresie, from Late Latin pleurīsis, alteration of Latin pleurītis, from Greek : pleura, side + -ītis, -itis.]
pleu·rit′ic (plo͝o-rĭt′ĭk) adj.
(Pathology) inflammation of the pleura, characterized by pain that is aggravated by deep breathing or coughing
[C14: from Old French pleurisie, from Late Latin pleurisis, from Greek pleuritis, from pleura side]
pleuritic adj, n
pleu•ri•sy(ˈplʊər ə si)
inflammation of the pleura, with or without a liquid effusion in the pleural cavity, characterized by a dry cough and pain in the affected side.
[1350–1400; Middle English pluresy < Old French pleurisie < Late Latin pleurīsis, alter. of Latin pleurītis < Greek pleurîtis. See pleura, -itis]
pleu•rit•ic (plʊˈrɪt ɪk) adj.
See also related terms for inflammation.
Inflammation of the pleura (fluid-secreting coverings of the lungs). It may involve secretion of excess fluid (i.e. pleural effusion), which puts pressure on the lungs. Pleurisy is caused by infection or disease of the lungs.