Main definitions of pleura in English

: pleura1pleura2

pleura1

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nounplural noun pleurae/ˈplo͝orē/

  • 1Each of a pair of serous membranes lining the thorax and enveloping the lungs in humans and other mammals.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Metastases were present in the vertebral bodies, spleen, peritoneum, pleura, adrenal glands, visceral and parietal pericardium, and multiple lymph nodes.’
    • ‘It may cause interstitial lung disease by diffusely involving the pleura, interlobular septa, and pulmonary bronchovascular bundles.’
    • ‘Manifestations of disease of the lung and of the pleura have become less evident and less characteristic on plain films as exposures have decreased.’
    • ‘The mass infiltrated the overlying pleura and adjacent lungs.’
    • ‘Encysted effusion may be confused with a mass lesion of the pleura, mediastinum, chest wall and lungs.’
    • ‘Explanations for the cytokeratin immunoreactivity include locally entrapped mediastinal pleura or pulmonary epithelium.’
    • ‘The mediastinal pleura is then incised over the length of the esophagus, avoiding injury to any neural or major vascular structures.’
    • ‘The rupture involved all layers of the aortic wall, but the mediastinal pleura remained intact.’
  • 2Zoology
    A lateral part in an animal body or structure.

    Compare with pleuron

    ‘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.’
    • ‘In some cases, the carapace margin, the opisthosomal pleurae, and distal regions of the tail spine are absent.’
    • ‘The thoracic pleura of Archizelmiridae, visible in some of the amber fossils, provide additional clues about relationships.’

Pronunciation

pleura

/ˈplo͝orə/ /ˈplʊrə/

Origin

Late Middle English via medieval Latin from Greek, literally ‘side of the body, rib’.

Main definitions of pleura in English

: pleura1pleura2

pleura2

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plural noun

Pronunciation

pleura

/ˈplo͝orə/ /ˈplʊrə/