epi·​du·​ral | \ ˌe-pi-ˈd(y)u̇r-əl How to pronounce epidural (audio) \

Definition of epidural

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: situated upon or administered or placed outside the dura mater epidural anesthesia an epidural abscess



Definition of epidural (Entry 2 of 2)

: an injection of a local anesthetic into the space outside the dura mater of the spinal cord in the lower back region to produce loss of sensation especially in the abdomen or pelvic region

Examples of epidural in a Sentence

Noun Many women undergoing childbirth are given epidurals.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Shah placed the leads of the electrodes into the epidural space of his spine using needles and taped the device to his back. Will Langhorne, Arkansas Online, 7 Aug. 2022 When Cheplak was about to get an epidural, Justiniani was whisked away to the operating room for her C-section. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 His disgust and the sight that triggered it are played for laughs, as Alison screams in epidural-free agony. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 12 May 2022 What started as a blissful homebirth turned into an emergency run to the hospital where an epidural, heart monitors and Pitocin made possible what would have been — in long-ago days — pure tragedy. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 My patients have also usually had a trial of epidural injections. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 18 Apr. 2022 For her, that meant in a hospital, vaginally, without an epidural for pain relief. Lauren Sausser, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2022 Hematomas—specifically epidural hematomas or subdural hematomas—are one way a TBI can manifest, Anthony P. Kontos, PhD, director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program, tells Health. Ashley Abramson, Health.com, 14 Feb. 2022 While epidural hematomas are relatively uncommon, there have been reports of these fatal injuries. Amy Mcgorry, Fox News, 10 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An anesthesiologist botched my epidural and then didn’t believe it was botched. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, 13 July 2022 Davis received an epidural, which was expected to help resolve the issue. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 3 June 2022 Amil Niazi's birth plan was simple: get an epidural. Stephanie H. Murray, The Week, 26 Apr. 2022 Nets coach Steve Nash said Simmons had an epidural to relieve some pain, but by early April, Simmons was ruled out the regular season and the play-in tournament. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2022 Liz Jurado of Bay Shore, N.Y., received a notice in 2019 from the Suffolk County sheriff’s office concerning a bill for an epidural she had been given during labor more than a decade before. New York Times, 25 Jan. 2022 There was no time for an epidural because Savion was ready to make his debut. Gloria Casas, chicagotribune.com, 2 Jan. 2022 Occasionally, moms on government insurance, like Medicaid, would be forced to wait longer for an epidural than someone with private insurance. Marina Starleaf Riker, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Nov. 2021 Her epidural failed, and so her torso-long incision was quickly stapled shut instead of stitched. Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 See More

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1882, in the meaning defined above


1970, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for epidural


epi·​du·​ral | \ ˌep-i-ˈd(y)u̇r-əl How to pronounce epidural (audio) \

Medical Definition of epidural

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: situated upon or administered or placed outside the dura mater epidural injections an epidural abscess

Other Words from epidural

epidurally \ -​ə-​lē How to pronounce epidural (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of epidural (Entry 2 of 2)

: an injection of an anesthetic to produce epidural anesthesia


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