serous cavity

serous cavity
serous cavity n a cavity (as the peritoneal cavity, pleural cavity, or pericardial cavity) that is lined with a serous membrane

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a coelomic cavity that does not communicate with the outside of the body and whose lining membrane secretes a serous fluid, such as the cavity enclosed by the pericardium, peritoneum, or pleura.

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