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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For instance, skull shape and size may also have an impact on the anatomy of ventricles, the spaces that hold cerebrospinal fluid, which is critical for brain health. Jason Bittel, chicagotribune.com, "As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains," 10 Sep. 2019 For instance, skull shape and size may also have an impact on the anatomy of ventricles, the spaces that hold cerebrospinal fluid, which is critical for brain health. Jason Bittel, Anchorage Daily News, "As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains," 3 Sep. 2019 One way was a spinal tap, whereby doctors could obtain cerebrospinal fluid, the fluid around your brain and spine, and measure levels of tau and amyloid, which change if the disease is present. Scientific American, "Blood Tests for Alzheimer’s: Two Experts on Why New Studies Are Encouraging," 13 Aug. 2019 For instance, skull shape and size may also have an impact on the anatomy of ventricles, the spaces that hold cerebrospinal fluid, which is critical for brain health. Jason Bittel, chicagotribune.com, "As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains," 10 Sep. 2019 For instance, skull shape and size may also have an impact on the anatomy of ventricles, the spaces that hold cerebrospinal fluid, which is critical for brain health. Jason Bittel, Anchorage Daily News, "As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains," 3 Sep. 2019 That research has so far shown that an ASO that binds to SOD1 is not only safe but lowers levels of the protein in patients’ cerebrospinal fluid by 37 percent. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "Antisense Drugs for Huntington’s, ALS and Prion Diseases Could Meet the Dire Need for Brain Treatments," 15 Aug. 2019 For instance, skull shape and size may also have an impact on the anatomy of ventricles, the spaces that hold cerebrospinal fluid, which is critical for brain health. Jason Bittel, Anchorage Daily News, "As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains," 3 Sep. 2019 For instance, skull shape and size may also have an impact on the anatomy of ventricles, the spaces that hold cerebrospinal fluid, which is critical for brain health. Jason Bittel, BostonGlobe.com, "As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains," 2 Sep. 2019

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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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