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From Middle French, from Old French pleuresie, from Late Latin pleurisis, alteration of Latin pleuritis


pleurisy (plural pleurisies)

  1. (pathology) Inflammation of lung pleura.
    • 1829 September, Richard N. Allen, An Essay on Pneumonia Biliosa, Horatio Gates Jameson (editor), The Maryland Medical Recorder, Volume 1, Number 1, page 591,
      The division of pleurisies now sanctioned by the general language of medical men, is that which arranges them as inflammatory,* bilious and typhoid.
    • 2005, David B. Jacoby, R. M. Youngson, Encyclopedia Of Family Health, 3rd Edition, page 1618,
      Pleurisy usually causes pain, which is made worse by deep breathing, since the two inflamed layers of the pleura rub against each other.
    • 2009, Susan G. Salvo, Mosby′s Pathology for Massage Therapists, 2nd Edition, page 286,
      Pleurisy usually occurs as a secondary disease to other infections (e.g., pneumonia, tuberculosis), conditions (e.g., pulmonary embolism, tumors), or as a result of injury.


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