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spina bifida

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

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

Full Definition of SPINA BIFIDA

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

Origin of SPINA BIFIDA

New Latin, literally, spine split in two
First Known Use: 1720

spina bifida

noun spina bi·fi·da \-ˈbif-ə-də also -ˈbīf-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SPINA BIFIDA

:  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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