spina-bifida

spina bifida

[bif-i-duh]
noun Pathology.
a congenital neural tube defect in which part of the meninges or spinal cord protrudes through the spinal column, often resulting in neurological impairment.

Origin:
1710–20; < Neo-Latin, Latin: cloven backbone

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spina bifida (ˈspaɪnə ˈbɪfɪdə)
 
n
a congenital condition in which the meninges of the spinal cord protrude through a gap in the backbone, sometimes causing enlargement of the skull (due to accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid) and paralysis
 
[New Latin; see spine, bifid]

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spina bifida spina bif·i·da (bĭf'ĭ-də)
n.
A congenital defect in which the spinal column is imperfectly closed so that part of the meninges or spinal cord may protrude, often resulting in neurological disorders. Also called hydrocele spinalis.

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spina bifida   (spī'nə bĭf'ĭ-də)  Pronunciation Key 
A congenital defect caused by incomplete formation of the neural tube, in which the vertebral column is not fully closed, resulting in protrusion of the meninges and sometimes the spinal cord. Damage to the exposed spinal cord can cause neurological abnormalites, including paralysis.
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spina bifida definition


A congenital condition that involves an imperfectly closed spinal column, often resulting in neurological disorders.

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