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spina bifida

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noun spi·na bi·fi·da \ˌspī-nə-ˈbi-fə-də\

Simple Definition of spina bifida

  • medical : a condition in which a person's spine does not develop completely before birth and does not completely cover the spinal cord

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spina bifida

  1. :  a congenital cleft of the spinal column with hernial protrusion of the meninges and sometimes the spinal cord

Origin and Etymology of spina bifida

New Latin, literally, spine split in two


First Known Use: 1720


Medical Dictionary

spina bifida

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noun spina bi·fi·da \-ˈbif-ə-də also -ˈbīf-\

Medical Definition of spina bifida

  1. :  a neural tube defect marked by congenital cleft of the spinal column usually with hernial protrusion of the meninges and sometimes the spinal cord—see meningocele, myelocele, myelomeningocele




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