William Godwin's Diary


Plura: In medical terminology, ‘A hollow place or space within the body or one of its organs.’ The pleural cavity is the area of the chest including the lining of the chest cavity and the membrane covering the lungs. Godwin could be using plura f or multiple symptoms. Alternatively, he could be referring to a lung complaint such as pleurocele n. Obs. rare (a) fluid in the chest; pleural effusion; (b) hernia of the pleura (OED)