neural tube

noun

Definition of neural tube

: the hollow longitudinal dorsal tube formed by infolding and subsequent fusion of the opposite ectodermal folds in the vertebrate embryo that gives rise to the brain and spinal cord

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Recent Examples on the Web The virus can affect fetuses, too, leading to neural tube defects and other adverse outcomes. Shefali Luthra, USA TODAY, "Many pregnant people aren’t getting flu shots, but these bills could help," 8 Oct. 2020 Anencephaly is a neural tube defect that leaves newborns without the tops of their brain and skull. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "WISH-TV's Brooke Martin welcomes baby girl 1 year after losing daughter to anencephaly," 27 May 2020 The most common neural tube defect is spina bifida, in which the spinal cord doesn’t develop properly. Emily Mullin, New York Times, "[Everything you need to know about," 17 Apr. 2020 Folic acid reduces risk for fetal neural tube defects, and it is widely recommended for women who may become pregnant. Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, "Most dietary supplements don’t do anything. Why do we spend $35 billion a year on them?," 27 Jan. 2020 Love after loss Anencephaly is a rare neural tube defect that leaves newborns without the tops of their skull and brain. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "'It's been a journey': WISH-TV's Brooke Martin announces pregnancy after losing daughter," 11 Dec. 2019 These conditions include fetal heart defects, skeletal dysplasia, chromosomal abnormalities and brain/neural tube defects. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "This nurse started a program to help moms of babies with anomalies," 27 Nov. 2019 In fact, hints of it have been uncovered in the development of the neural tube in vertebrates, the precursor of their central nervous system—which would call for a very different underlying mechanism. Jordana Cepelewicz, WIRED, "The Mysterious Math of How Cells Determine Their Own Fate," 24 Mar. 2019 In fact, hints of it have been uncovered in the development of the neural tube in vertebrates, the precursor of their central nervous system — which would call for a very different underlying mechanism. Quanta Magazine, "The Math That Tells Cells What They Are," 13 Mar. 2019

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1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Neural tube.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neural%20tube. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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neural tube

noun

Medical Definition of neural tube

: the hollow longitudinal dorsal tube that is formed by infolding and subsequent fusion of the opposite ectodermal folds in the vertebrate embryo and gives rise to the brain and spinal cord

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