There are 2 definitions of pleura in English:

pleura1

Syllabification: pleu·ra
Pronunciation: /ˈplo͝orə
 
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noun (plural pleurae /ˈplo͝orē/)

  • 1Each of a pair of serous membranes lining the thorax and enveloping the lungs in humans and other mammals.
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    • One patient demonstrated multiple recurrences on the chest wall, with eventual direct extension to the pericardium, pleura, and lung.
    • The tumor frequently extended to the adjacent lung parenchyma, bronchi, visceral pleura, and mediastinal soft tissues.
    • There were several small distant metastases in the upper lobe of the same lung and in the opposite pleura or subpleural lung parenchyma.
  • 2 Zoology A lateral part in an animal body or structure. Compare with pleuron.
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    • It possesses several features that place it in the Lophogastrida, such as the presence of well-developed abdominal pleurae, pleopods and pereiopods, a broadly structured telson and a lack of uropodal statocysts.
    • At the posterior of the body, the pleurae were fused into a flattened tail-like segment, or pygidium.
    • Longacre emphasized unequally divided pleurae on the pygidium and the presence of an occipital spine as characters separating Calvinella from other dikelocephalids.

Derivatives

pleural

adjective
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  • The abscess may track down to the mediastinum to enter into the trachea, oesophagus or the pleural cavity.
  • A thoracoscopic lung biopsy and pleural abrasion were performed at an outside hospital.
  • The pleural and pericardial effusions were fully aspirated.

Origin

late Middle English: via medieval Latin from Greek, literally 'side of the body, rib'.

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There are 2 definitions of pleura in English:

pleura2

Syllabification: pleu·ra
Pronunciation: /ˈplo͝orə
 
/

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