Definition of pleurodesis in US English:

pleurodesis

noun

Medicine
  • The creation of adhesions in the pleural cavity, typically by the introduction of an irritant substance, used especially in the treatment of recurrent pneumothorax and pleural effusion. Also: the condition created by this procedure; adhesion between the parietal and visceral pleurae (rare).

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in Thorax. From pleuro- + ancient Greek δέσις binding together.