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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Pleuritic pain in the chest.
  • noun Paroxysmal pain and soreness of the muscles between the ribs.
  • noun An epidemic disease caused by a coxsackievirus, characterized by paroxysmal pain in the lower chest and accompanied by fever, headache, and malaise.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology, pain in the muscles of the chest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) A painful affection of the side, simulating pleurisy, usually due to rheumatism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun medicine A painful condition of the side of the body, simulating pleurisy, usually due to rheumatism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun pain in the chest caused by inflammation of the muscles between the ribs

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin : pleur(o)– + Greek odunē, pain; see ed- in Indo-European roots.]

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Ancient Greek, meaning "side pain".

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