cerebrospinal fluid

noun

Definition of cerebrospinal fluid 

: a colorless liquid that is comparable to serum, is secreted from the blood into the lateral ventricles of the brain, and serves chiefly to maintain uniform pressure within the brain and spinal cord

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People who are losing cerebrospinal fluid will typically notice the liquid coming out of their ears or nose depending on where their skull is damaged, and headaches and vision loss are common symptoms, according to Cleveland Clinic. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Plagued By 'Waterfall'-Like Runny Nose for Years Discovered to Have Brain Fluid Leak," 9 May 2018 Doctors at Nebraska Medicine diagnosed Jackson with a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak, which apparently started after a car accident in 2013. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "This Woman's Runny Nose Turned Out to Be Fluid Leaking From Her Brain," 8 May 2018 It is injected into the cerebrospinal fluid through a lumbar puncture. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ionis drug for Huntington's disease shows early signs of effectiveness," 2 Mar. 2018 Hoffman suffered from a cerebrospinal fluid leak, too. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Woman's runny nose wasn't allergies. Her brain was leaking fluid," 9 May 2018 Only one stood out as a marker for the differences in social behavior: the concentration of AVP in the monkey’s cerebrospinal fluid, a colorless material that coats the brain and spinal cord. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "In monkeys, researchers find possible biological marker of autism," 2 May 2018 Some scientists think zero gravity increases the cerebrospinal fluid pressure in the skull, increasing pressure in the back of the eyeballs and the optic nerve, Zawieja said. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, "Why can’t male astronauts see in space? NASA, Texas researchers aim to find out," 7 Jan. 2018 Their stormy aches can be a sign of serious problems, like bleeding in the brain, a brain infection, or a cerebrospinal fluid leak. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Eating world’s hottest pepper sparks brain disorder, thunderclap headaches," 9 Apr. 2018 Reductions of about 40 percent were observed in the cerebrospinal fluid of patients given the highest dose of the drug, called Ionis HTTRx. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ionis drug for Huntington's disease shows early signs of effectiveness," 2 Mar. 2018

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circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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cerebrospinal fluid

noun

Medical Definition of cerebrospinal fluid 

: a liquid that is comparable to serum but contains less dissolved material, that is secreted from the blood into the lateral ventricles of the brain by the choroid plexus, circulates through the ventricles to the spaces between the meninges about the brain and spinal cord, and is resorbed into the blood through the subarachnoid sinuses, and that serves chiefly to maintain uniform pressure within the brain and spinal cord

called also spinal fluid

— compare lymph

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