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

Examples of cerebrospinal fluid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those proteins circulate in the cerebrospinal fluid more than in the blood. Max G. Levy, Wired, 21 Oct. 2021 There is also typically an increase in cerebrospinal fluid that fills space due to the loss of brain tissue. Jessica Bernard, Scientific American, 22 Sep. 2021 There are five ways through which a doctor can test for CMV, according to MedlinePlus: blood test, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) test, sputum test, biopsy, amniocentesis (for pregnant women). Maggie O'neill, Health.com, 20 Oct. 2021 There is also typically an increase in cerebrospinal fluid that fills space due to the loss of brain tissue. Jessica Bernard, Scientific American, 22 Sep. 2021 Generally, these tumors quickly impinge upon their surroundings, pushing up against and even infiltrating brain tissue and often blocking the flow of cerebrospinal fluid that cushions a person’s gray matter. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2021 There is also typically an increase in cerebrospinal fluid that fills space due to the loss of brain tissue. Jessica Bernard, The Conversation, 24 Sep. 2021 This can include samples of cerebrospinal fluid, urine, and blood as well as the oh-so familiar swabs of your throat and nasal passages. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 At a follow-up visit, Fletcher noticed cerebrospinal fluid - the fluid that cushions the brain and circulates into the spinal cord - leaking at the site of Harry's surgical incision on his forehead. Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Nov. 2010

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First Known Use of cerebrospinal fluid

1828, in the meaning defined above

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“Cerebrospinal fluid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cerebrospinal%20fluid. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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