AskDefine | Define pleurisy

Dictionary Definition

pleurisy n : inflammation of the pleura of the lungs (especially the parietal layer)

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pleurisy (plural pleurises)


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Extensive Definition

Pleurisy, also known as pleuritis, is an inflammation of the pleura, the lining of the pleural cavity surrounding the lungs, which can cause painful respiration (also called pleuritic chest pain) and other symptoms. Pleurisy can be generated by a variety of infectious and non-infectious causes. The effects of pleurisy can often be felt long after the condition has gone away.


  • Bronchial carcinoma
  • Lung or chest wall abscess
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary infarction
  • Tuberculosis


  • Inspiratory chest pain
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weight loss
  • Poor appetite
  • Pain may limit chest expansion on affected side.
  • Rapid shallow breaths
  • Inability to take a deep breath
  • Itching in sites on the back (near the site of the lungs, but no visible rashes)
  • Dizziness
  • tiredness

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References in literature

pleurisy in Catalan: Pleuritis
pleurisy in German: Pleuritis
pleurisy in Spanish: Pleuritis
pleurisy in French: Pleurésie
pleurisy in Italian: Pleurite
pleurisy in Dutch: Pleuritis
pleurisy in Norwegian: Pleuritt
pleurisy in Norwegian Nynorsk: Plevritt
pleurisy in Portuguese: Pleurisia
pleurisy in Finnish: Keuhkopussitulehdus
pleurisy in Turkish: Plörezi

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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