in·​tra·​cra·​ni·​al | \ ˈin-trə-ˈkrā-nē-əl How to pronounce intracranial (audio) , ˈin-(ˌ)trä- \

Definition of intracranial

: existing or occurring within the cranium also : affecting or involving intracranial structures

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Other Words from intracranial

intracranially \ ˈin-​trə-​ˈkrā-​nē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce intracranial (audio) , ˈin-​(ˌ)trä-​ \ adverb

Examples of intracranial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s definitely not on the official list of symptoms for intracranial teratomas. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 Changes in intracranial pressure can lead to eye problems. Anna Russel, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 Muscari suffered a shoulder dislocation and fracture, concussion, closed head injury, intracranial hemorrhaging. Meredith Colias-pete,, 2 July 2021 The change in hydration status of the body could impact intracranial pressure or cause electrolyte abnormalities, says Dr. Feoktistov. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, 26 June 2021 He was diagnosed that evening and died of intracranial bleeding in the night, said B.L. Sherwal, director of the hospital. Shefali Anand, WSJ, 28 May 2021 But anyway, real ostracization didn’t set in until I was diagnosed with a condition called idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), previously called pseudotumor cerebri. Alani Vargas, Vogue, 25 May 2021 The impact on the health of astronauts' vision as a result of long-term spaceflight previously was known as visual impairment and intracranial pressure, or VIIP, syndrome. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 29 Apr. 2021 But as patients worsen, physicians struggle over whether to up the anticoagulant dose, which boosts the risk of gastrointestinal and intracranial bleeding. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of intracranial

circa 1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intracranial was circa 1849

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13 Sep 2021

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“Intracranial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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in·​tra·​cra·​ni·​al | \ -ˈkrā-nē-əl How to pronounce intracranial (audio) \

Medical Definition of intracranial

: situated or occurring within the cranium intracranial pressure also : affecting or involving intracranial structures

Other Words from intracranial

intracranially \ -​nē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce intracranial (audio) \ adverb


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