One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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).
1940s; earliest use found in Thorax. From pleuro- + ancient Greek δέσις binding together.
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