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epidural

adjective epi·du·ral \ ˌe-pi-ˈd(y)u̇r-əl \
Updated on: 6 Nov 2017

Definition of epidural

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

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First Known Use of epidural

1882


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epidural

noun

Definition of epidural

: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

  1. Many women undergoing childbirth are given epidurals.

Recent Examples of epidural from the Web

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First Known Use of epidural

1970


EPIDURAL Defined for English Language Learners

epidural

noun

Definition of epidural for English Language Learners

  • medical : an injection of a substance into a person's spine to cause the lower part of the body to become unable to feel pain


Medical Dictionary

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epidural

adjective epi·du·ral \ ˌep-i-ˈd(y)u̇r-əl \

medical Definition of epidural

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

epidurally

play \-ə-lē\ adverb

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epidural

noun

medical Definition of epidural

:an injection of an anesthetic to produce epidural anesthesia

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