Posted: February 22, 2012 in Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma
The linings of the body cavities are named.
  • Lining the cranial cavity and spinal cavity are the protective membranes known as the meninges.
    Inflammation of the meninges is known as meningitis.
  • Lining the abdomen (belly) is a membrane known as the peritoneum.
    Inflammation of the peritoneum is known as peritonitis.
  • Lining the thorax (chest) is a membrane known as the pleura.
    This does not follow the usual naming conventions as inflammation of the pleura is known as pleurisy (although pleuritis is sometime heard).

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