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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
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Origin of SPINA BIFIDA

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

spina bifida

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

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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