Visceral pleura

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Pulmonary 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 pleura visceralis, pleura pulmonalis
Gray's subject #238 1087
Nerve pulmonary plexus
Dorlands/Elsevier p_24/12646806

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Each lung is invested by an exceedingly delicate serous membrane, the pleura, which is arranged in the form of a closed invaginated sac. A portion of the serous membrane covers the surface of the lung and dips into the fissures between its lobes; it is called the pulmonary pleura (or visceral pleura).

The visceral pleura is attached directly to the lungs.

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