One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Inflammation of the pleura; pleurisy; an instance of this.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Perkins (1558–1602), theologian and Church of England clergyman. From classical Latin pleurītis (Vitruvius) from ancient Greek πλευρῖτις from πλευρά side, rib + -ῖτις.
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