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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A painful affection of the side, simulating pleurisy, usually due to rheumatism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

New Latin : pleur(o)- + Greek odun─ô, pain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek, meaning "side pain". (Wiktionary)

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