spina bifida

spi·​na bi·​fi·​da | \ ˌspī-nə-ˈbi-fə-də How to pronounce spina bifida (audio) \

Definition of spina bifida

: a congenital cleft of the spinal column with hernial protrusion of the meninges and sometimes the spinal cord

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Recent Examples on the Web Nelson's son was born with spina bifida and uses a wheelchair. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "'Feels very unfair': Families say cruise lines are using a 'technicality' to refuse refunds," 21 June 2020 Aiden, now 5, and Charlie — a 3-year-old who was born with spina bifida and who requires daily medical care from his parents — squirmed with excitement and begged to hold their new sister. NBC News, "An ER doctor was charged with abusing his baby. But 15 medical experts say there's no proof.," 27 Jan. 2020 Born with spina bifida, a spinal cord defect, Romanchuk began taking part in adaptive sports through Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Bennett Blazers in Baltimore at the age of 2. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Mount Airy native Daniel Romanchuk wins second straight New York City Marathon men’s wheelchair title," 3 Nov. 2019 Tristan, a native Houstonian, was born with spina bifida, which is a birth defect where there is an incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "St. Thomas graduate overcomes disability, finds inspiration through journey," 23 May 2018 Born with spina bifida, a defect of the spinal cord, the Orange County teeanger has had about a dozen surgeries and dealt with serious medical complications because nerves that supply some internal organs, including his kidneys, don’t work property. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Boone High senior faces challenges but loves 'nitty-gritty' of high school journalism," 22 May 2018 One of his sons has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair. New York Times, "Taxi Drivers in New York Are Struggling. So Are Uber Drivers.," 17 June 2018 Colton has spina bifida and is paralyzed from the knees down, Robinson said. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "A Glendale toddler's reaction to a Target ad of a boy in a wheelchair goes viral, emphasizes what inclusion means," 17 Feb. 2020 Colton is a 10-year-old with spina bifida from Massachusetts who was chosen to be in Target's in-store ad. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Boy in wheelchair "stopped dead in his tracks" when he saw a Target ad featuring a child just like himself," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of spina bifida

1720, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spina bifida

New Latin, literally, spine split in two

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“Spina bifida.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spina%20bifida. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of spina bifida

medical : a condition in which a person's spine does not develop completely before birth and does not completely cover the spinal cord

spina bifida

spina bi·​fi·​da | \ -ˈbif-ə-də also -ˈbīf- \

Medical Definition of spina bifida

: a neural tube defect marked by congenital cleft of the spinal column usually with hernial protrusion of the meninges and sometimes the spinal cord — see meningocele, myelocele, myelomeningocele

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