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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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Plural of: A thin serous membrane in mammals that envelops each lung and folds back to make a lining for the chest cavity.

Usage examples (9)
  • These folds are called the genital pleurae because they contain the bulk of the gonads.
  • Many writers have described this disease as associated with influenza, but it is frequently seen as a separate disease, usually involving only the lungs and pleurae.
  • Since there are many species which do not possess these genital pleurae, the question arises as to whether their presence or their absence is the more primitive condition.
  • Correlated with the presence of the genital pleurae there is a pair of vascular folds of the basement membrane proceeding from the dorsal wall of the gut in the... for more
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