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 Turns out, pseudotumor cerebri is a condition that if not treated properly can cause a cerebrospinal fluid leak. Amira Lewally, Los Angeles Times, "As a Black woman, I had to beg doctors to take me seriously when my brain was leaking," 30 Oct. 2020 Although the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain can cushion it against normal everyday bumps, a big enough jolt—like being in a sudden car accident—can do real damage and cause a concussion. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "Cheryl Burke Bumped Her Head During a Scary Fall on DWTS Rehearsal," 27 Oct. 2020 The drug, injected directly into the cerebrospinal fluid, binds to the RNA for a second motor neuron gene that, like the gene targeted by Zolgensma, encodes the protein missing in the condition. Lydia Denworth, Science | AAAS, "Is gene therapy ready to treat some forms of autism?," 14 Oct. 2020 A month later, doctors confirmed the worst: June had a rare brain cancer called Choroid Plexus Carcinoma and Leptomeningeal Disease, which occurs when cancer cells migrate to the cerebrospinal fluid. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "4-Year-Old Girl Fights Terminal Brain Cancer as Her Parents Struggle to Accept Her 'New Normal'," 9 Sep. 2020 The virus has been detected in cerebrospinal fluid, which is found in the brain and spinal cord. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "‘Really Diabolical’: Inside the Coronavirus That Outsmarted Science," 7 Sep. 2020 Two anesthesiologists had been hired to place a catheter in the spines of subjects so their cerebrospinal fluid could be collected over a period of several hours. Carl Elliott, The New York Review of Books, "An Ethical Path to a Covid Vaccine," 3 June 2020 Hydrocephalus is caused by an imbalance between how much cerebrospinal fluid is produced and how much is absorbed into the bloodstream. BostonGlobe.com, "The week in business," 13 June 2020 Without a word to Devon, the second anesthesiologist threaded a catheter into the hollow lumbar needle and the cerebrospinal fluid began to flow. Carl Elliott, The New York Review of Books, "An Ethical Path to a Covid Vaccine," 3 June 2020

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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 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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