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.
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- 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
Coxsackie viruses as causes of epidemic pleurodynia and on the behaviour of Toxoplasma gondii in tissue culture.
Horses suffering with pleurisy, pleurodynia, or rheumatism, and other affections accompanied with much pain, will grunt when moved, or when the pain is aggravated, but grunting under these circumstances does not justify the term of "grunter" being applied to the horse, as the grunting ceases when the animal recovers from the disease that causes the pain.
In case the thoracic muscles are affected, it is known as _pleurodynia_.