ce·​re·​bro·​spi·​nal | \ sə-ˌrē-brō-ˈspī-nᵊl How to pronounce cerebrospinal (audio) , ˌser-ə-brō- \

Definition of cerebrospinal

: of or relating to the brain and spinal cord or to these together with the cranial and spinal nerves that innervate voluntary muscles

Examples of cerebrospinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After all, cilia are typically seen in the context of fluids: propelling bacteria or other organisms through water, or moving mucus or cerebrospinal fluids in a body. Quanta Magazine, 16 Mar. 2022 Her nasal drainage was later analyzed and tested positive for beta-2 transferrin, a marker that’s found almost exclusively in cerebrospinal (aka brain) fluid. Korin Miller, Health.com, 2 Oct. 2020 People with brain tumors often wake up early with a headache because cerebrospinal fluid pressure is the highest in the early morning, Dr. Kreigler says. Korin Miller, SELF, 24 Aug. 2017 A shunt surgery to drain excess cerebrospinal fluid building up around his brain took six attempts, but the seventh succeeded. Joel Michael Reynolds, Time, 9 Aug. 2017 But other times, researchers can’t, such as a recent case study of seven survivors with neurological complications who all turned up negative for Ebola RNA in their cerebrospinal fluid. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 19 July 2017 Another option, said Metz, is a drain inserted through the skin that diverts the cerebrospinal fluid, decreasing the pressure inside the dura. Tracy Seipel, The Mercury News, 24 Apr. 2017 And in a small human study, other scientists have found that deep breathing significantly increases the glymphatic transport of cerebrospinal fluid into the brain. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, 21 May 2017 The glymphatic vessels carry cerebrospinal fluid and immune cells into the brain and remove cellular trash from it. David Kohn, Washington Post, 21 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of cerebrospinal

1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Cerebrospinal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cerebrospinal. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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ce·​re·​bro·​spi·​nal | \ sə-ˌrē-brō-ˈspīn-ᵊl, ˌser-ə-brō- How to pronounce cerebrospinal (audio) \

Medical Definition of cerebrospinal

: of or relating to the brain and spinal cord or to these together with the cranial and spinal nerves that innervate voluntary muscles

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