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 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, "Woman Suffers Extremely Rare Brain Fluid Leak After Coronavirus Test—Here's What You Need to Know," 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, "6 Causes of Morning Headaches," 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, "Gene Editing Might Mean My Brother Would’ve Never Existed," 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, "“Post-Ebola syndrome” is something else to keep you up at night," 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, "Is Warriors Coach Kerr’s ‘stay away from surgery’ advice the right call?," 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, "Major finding in human anatomy has implications for many brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s," 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, "When scientists saw the mouse heads glowing, they knew the discovery was big," 21 May 2017 Spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leaks occur when there’s a loss of bone in the shelf of bone between the brain and the ear and a hole develops in the membrane bag that surrounds the brain, called the dura. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "He would wake up with a wet pillow and ear. But he never would have guessed what that fluid was.," 15 May 2017

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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 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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