dura mater

du·​ra ma·​ter | \ ˈdu̇r-ə-ˌmā-tər How to pronounce dura mater (audio) , ˈdyu̇r-, -ˌmä- \

Definition of dura mater

: the tough fibrous membrane that envelops the brain and spinal cord external to the arachnoid and pia mater

Examples of dura mater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The inside, the dura mater, which means 'tough mother,' is a tough lining of skin around the brain. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 9 July 2020 Battlefield surgeons also treated head wounds by cutting away bone while trying not to puncture the brain’s delicate dura mater membrane. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, 8 June 2018 Cerebrospinal fluid is produced continuously in the brain and is normally absorbed into the bloodstream through protrusions in the outer membrane of the brain, called the dura mater. Mark Lieber, CNN, 8 May 2018 One of the two human brains was a whole brain that still had its cover tissue, or dura mater. Priscella Vega, latimes.com, 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dura mater

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dura mater

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, literally, hard mother

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“Dura mater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dura%20mater. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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dura mater

du·​ra ma·​ter | \ ˈd(y)u̇r-ə-ˌmāt-ər How to pronounce dura mater (audio) , -ˌmät- How to pronounce dura mater (audio) \

Medical Definition of dura mater

: the tough fibrous membrane lined with endothelium on the inner surface that envelops the brain and spinal cord external to the arachnoid and pia mater, that in the cranium closely lines the bone, does not dip down between the convolutions, and contains numerous blood vessels and venous sinuses, and that in the spinal cord is separated from the bone by a considerable space and contains no venous sinuses

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