One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Severe pain in the muscles between the ribs or in the diaphragm.
- ‘Aneoctochilus formosanus Hayata, one of the most precious crude drugs, has been used as a folk medicine in Taiwan for lung disease, pleurodynia, abdominal pain, fever, hypertension and snake-bites.’
- ‘Enteroviruses can cause aseptic meningitis; hand, foot, and mouth syndrome; encephalitis; poliomyelitis; myocarditis; hemorrhagic conjunctivitis; pleurodynia and severe neonatal disease.’
- ‘Boys with pleurodynia may also have pain in the testicles beginning about 2 weeks after the chest pain starts.’
- ‘In pleurodynia, fever and muscle pain usually last 1 to 2 days, and in herpangina, symptoms generally last 3 to 6 days.’
Early 19th century: from pleuro- ‘of the pleura’ + Greek odunē ‘pain’.
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