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Parietal pleura
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A transverse section of the thorax, showing the contents of the middle and the posterior mediastinum. The pleural and pericardial cavities are exaggerated since normally there is no space between parietal and visceral pleura and between pericardium and heart.
Latin p. parietalis
Gray's subject #238 1087
Dorlands/Elsevier p_24/12646791

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]


The portion of the pleura external to the pulmonary pleura lines the inner surface of the chest wall, covers the diaphragm, and is reflected over the structures occupying the middle of the thorax; this portion is termed the parietal pleura.

The parietal pleura is attached to the wall of the thoracic cavity and innervated by the intercostal nerves

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This article was originally based on an entry from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy. As such, some of the information contained herein may be outdated. Please edit the article if this is the case, and feel free to remove this notice when it is no longer relevant.



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