nu·​chal | \ ˈnü-kəl How to pronounce nuchal (audio) , ˈnyü- \

Definition of nuchal

: of, relating to, or lying in the region of the nape

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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, "When and Why to Get Ultrasounds During Pregnancy," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of nuchal

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nuchal

Medieval Latin nucha nape, from Arabic nukhāʽ spinal marrow

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“Nuchal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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nu·​chal | \ ˈn(y)ü-kəl How to pronounce nuchal (audio) \

Medical Definition of nuchal

: of, relating to, or lying in the region of the nape

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