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spinal tap

noun

lumbar puncture

noun
1.
Medicine/Medical. puncture into the arachnoid membrane of the spinal cord, in the lumbar region, and withdrawal of spinal fluid, performed for diagnosis of the fluid, injection of dye for imaging, or administration of anesthesia or medication.
Also called spinal tap.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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British Dictionary definitions for spinal-tap

lumbar puncture

noun
1.
(med) insertion of a hollow needle into the lower region of the spinal cord to withdraw cerebrospinal fluid, introduce drugs, etc
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spinal-tap in Medicine

lumbar puncture n.
Puncture into the subarachnoid space of the lumbar region for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Also called rachicentesis, rachiocentesis, spinal puncture, spinal tap.

spinal tap n.
See lumbar puncture.

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spinal-tap in Science
lumbar puncture  
The insertion of a hollow needle beneath the arachnoid membrane of the spinal cord in the lumbar region to withdraw cerebrospinal fluid for diagnostic purposes or to administer medication.
spinal tap  
See lumbar puncture.
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Encyclopedia Article for spinal-tap

lumbar puncture

direct aspiration (fluid withdrawal) of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) through a hollow needle. The needle is inserted in the lower back, usually between the third and fourth lumbar vertebrae, into the subarachnoid space of the spinal cord where the CSF is located. Lumbar puncture is generally performed to obtain pressure measurements and to withdraw CSF in order to secure a sample of CSF for cellular, chemical, and bacteriologic examination; to administer spinal anesthetics or antibiotics; to inject air or a radiopaque or water-soluble contrast medium substance for myelography; or to inject a radioactive substance to assist in the diagnosis of CSF leak or hydrocephalus.

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