One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Each of a pair of serous membranes lining the thorax and enveloping the lungs in humans and other mammals.
- ‘It may cause interstitial lung disease by diffusely involving the pleura, interlobular septa, and pulmonary bronchovascular bundles.’
- ‘The mass infiltrated the overlying pleura and adjacent lungs.’
- ‘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 tumor frequently extended to the adjacent lung parenchyma, bronchi, visceral pleura, and mediastinal soft tissues.’
- ‘The mediastinal pleura is then incised over the length of the esophagus, avoiding injury to any neural or major vascular structures.’
- ‘One patient demonstrated multiple recurrences on the chest wall, with eventual direct extension to the pericardium, pleura, and lung.’
- ‘There were several small distant metastases in the upper lobe of the same lung and in the opposite pleura or subpleural lung parenchyma.’
- ‘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 rupture involved all layers of the aortic wall, but the mediastinal pleura remained intact.’
- ‘Metastases were present in the vertebral bodies, spleen, peritoneum, pleura, adrenal glands, visceral and parietal pericardium, and multiple lymph nodes.’
A lateral part in an animal body or structure.Compare with pleuron
- ‘In some cases, the carapace margin, the opisthosomal pleurae, and distal regions of the tail spine are absent.’
- ‘Longacre emphasized unequally divided pleurae on the pygidium and the presence of an occipital spine as characters separating Calvinella from other dikelocephalids.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The thoracic pleura of Archizelmiridae, visible in some of the amber fossils, provide additional clues about relationships.’
- ‘At the posterior of the body, the pleurae were fused into a flattened tail-like segment, or pygidium.’
Late Middle English: via medieval Latin from Greek, literally ‘side of the body, rib’.
- plural form of pleuron
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