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herniated disk

noun, Pathology
an abnormal protrusion of a spinal disk between vertebrae, most often in the lumbar region of the spine, causing pain due to pressure on spinal nerves.
Also called ruptured disk, slipped disk. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He once had a herniated disk that kept him off the courts for six months, and he still gets occasional backaches.
  • There is also some debate about how pain develops from a herniated disk and how frequently it causes low back pain.
  • He has a herniated disk, not a bulging disk, as the team initially announced.
  • However, he ended the night in the hospital suffering a herniated disk in his lower back.
herniated disk in Medicine

herniated disk n.
The protrusion of a degenerated or fragmented intervertebral disk into the intervertebral foramen, compressing the nerve root. Also called protruded disk, ruptured disk.

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