epidural


1epi·du·ral

adjective \ˌe-pi-ˈd(y)r-əl\

Definition of EPIDURAL

:  situated upon or administered or placed outside the dura mater <epidural anesthesia> <an epidural abscess>

First Known Use of EPIDURAL

1882

2epidural

noun

medical : an injection of a substance into a person's spine to cause the lower part of the body to become unable to feel pain

Full Definition of EPIDURAL

:  an injection of a local anesthetic into the space outside the dura mater of the spinal cord in the lower back region to produce loss of sensation especially in the abdomen or pelvic region

Examples of EPIDURAL

  1. Many women undergoing childbirth are given epidurals.

First Known Use of EPIDURAL

1970

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