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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Francisco Postlethwaite, 24 from Mexicali, Mexico, was born with spina bifida and on Sunday competed in his first duathlon (originally set to be a triathlon) at the Chula Vista Challenge San Diego Half Triathlon held at Bayside Park in Chula Vista. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Athletes with disabilities ‘inspire’ at Chula Vista race," 11 Aug. 2019 The youngest is Rosie (Ruth Madeley), who has spina bifida and two kids from different men, a single mother struggling to make ends meet. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: HBO's 'Years and Years' Is Unsettling, But Needs to Be Seen," 31 July 2019 But for Rooey, who is diagnosed with autism, and Bean Boy, who has spina bifida, their disabilities do not extend to their imaginations. Drew Kann, CNN, "Legos help a turtle walk, puppy dog eyes and waves in the sky," 22 June 2019 Despite fetal surgery, many children with spina bifida are incontinent. Denise Grady, New York Times, "A Boy Who Had Spinal Surgery in the Womb Stands on His Own Two Feet," 24 June 2019 In addition, the bill would guarantee benefits for soldiers deployed in or near the Korean Demilitarized Zone from September 1967 through August 1971 and for children with spina bifida whose parents served in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Matthew Kristoffersen, The Mercury News, "Southern California congressman’s bill could mean benefits for Vietnam veterans who were stationed offshore," 23 June 2019 The baby of the family, single mom Rosie (Ruth Madeley) uses a wheelchair due to spina bifida. Judy Berman, Time, "HBO's Quasi-Dystopian Years and Years Is the Future Liberals Fear," 22 June 2019 Children with spina bifida could have trouble walking or running due to their lack of lower leg strength. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Cleveland Clinic performs its first fetal surgery to repair spina bifida," 20 June 2019 Among the 913 women prescribed valproic acid, six babies (0.66%) had spina bifida, compared with 616 babies (0.03%) born to women not taking an epilepsy drug. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Epilepsy drugs linked to higher risk of birth defects, study says," 12 June 2019

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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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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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