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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Camp conditions were very poor, Thompson said, adding that he developed pneumonia, followed by pleurisy.
▪ He started with pleurisy which turned into pneumonia and because he wasn't a strong man it carried him off.
▪ The early stages could go on for days, with doctors telling patients they had the flu or pleurisy.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pleurisy \Pleu"ri*sy\, n. [F. pleur['e]sie, L. pleurisis, pleuritis, Gr pleyri^tis (sc. no`sos), fr. pleyra` rib, side.] (Med.) An inflammation of the pleura, usually accompanied with fever, pain, difficult respiration, and cough, and with exudation into the pleural cavity. Pleurisy root. (Bot.)

  1. The large tuberous root of a kind of milkweed ( Asclepias tuberosa) which is used as a remedy for pleuritic and other diseases.

  2. The plant itself, which has deep orange-colored flowers; -- called also butterfly weed.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Old French pleurisie (13c., Modern French pleurésie) and directly from Late Latin pleurisis "pleurisy," alteration of Latin pleuritis "pain in the side," from Greek pleuritis, from pleura "side of the body, rib," of unknown origin. Spelling altered in Late Latin on model of Latin stem plur- "more" (as in Medieval Latin pluritas "multitude"), as if in reference to "excess of humors."


n. (context pathology English) inflammation of lung pleura.


n. inflammation of the pleura of the lungs (especially the parietal layer)


Pleurisy (also known as pleuritis) is an inflammation of the pleurae, the membranes of the pleural cavity surrounding the lungs. There are many possible causes of pleurisy but viral infections spreading from the lungs to the pleural cavity are the most common. The inflamed pleural layers rub against each other every time the lungs expand to breathe in air. This can cause sharp pain when breathing, also called pleuritic chest pain. The condition may either be primary or secondary and is often associated with a pleural effusion.

Usage examples of "pleurisy".

The linguist and plant collector Augustus Margary survived toothache, rheumatism, pleurisy, and dysentery while sailing the Yangtze, only to be murdered when he completed his mission and travelled beyond Bhamo, in Burma.

Subsequently pleurisy, pneumonia, or even pus in the pleural cavity often result.

Sharp, shooting, lancinating pains occur in inflammation of the serous tissues, as in pleurisy.

I pitied the poor patient who could not venture to allude to his colic or his pleurisy until his physician was tipsy.

Polydore Virgil delivereth that Pleurisies were rare in England, who lived but in the days of Henry the Eighth.

But I was quite unprepared for the little biographies of doom that ran next to each name and date, column after column, page after page: apoplexies, dropsies, pleurisies, spotted fevers, bloody fluxes, 'murthers', starvations, plagues, poisonings, suicides – and so forth, an endless catalogue of long-forgotten tragedies.

It promotes perspiration without producing any excitement in the system, so is of value in pleurisy, typhus fever and other inflammatory diseases.