nu·​chal ˈnü-kəl How to pronounce nuchal (audio)
: of, relating to, or lying in the region of the nape

Examples of nuchal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 12-14 week ultrasound includes a screening test for Down syndrome and other chromosome abnormalities called the nuchal translucency test. Anna Nowogrodzki, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020

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Word History


Medieval Latin nucha nape, from Arabic nukhāʽ spinal marrow

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nuchal was in 1833

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“Nuchal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


nu·​chal ˈn(y)ü-kəl How to pronounce nuchal (audio)
: of, relating to, or lying in the region of the nape
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