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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The royal walked down the red carpet and past the cameras before sitting down to chat with Matilda Booth, a seven-year-old with spina bifida who is one of the winners at this year's award ceremony. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Sleek Black Altuzarra Suit for the WellChild Awards," 4 Sep. 2018 Elbabaa specializes in repairing spina bifida, a neural tube defect that can damage the baby’s spinal cord, affecting about 1,500 babies each year. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando Health opens fetal surgery program," 18 Apr. 2018 One of those possibilities was operating on a fetal teratoma, a far riskier surgery than one for spina bifida. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, "A tumor growing on her baby’s heart forced this pregnant mom to make a terrifying choice," 29 Apr. 2018 One of those possibilities was operating on a fetal teratoma, a far riskier surgery than one for spina bifida. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Some people do better exercising at a low-intensity pace," 29 Apr. 2018 Among her family members is her partner Lisa and her 17-year-old son who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair. Jeff Martin, Fox News, "Storm evacuees find refuge at speedways, makeshift shelters," 12 Sep. 2018 The couple has five children: one, Daniel, dies in infancy, and their youngest child, Tom, is born with spina bifida, requiring frequent surgeries. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "In A Life of My Own, One of the Great Biographers Turns the Focus on Herself," 20 July 2018 The honor recognized Werany for assisting in the creation of a nonprofit that helps a family pay for their child's spina bifida treatments, Money said. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Hot dog! This Charlotte hot dog joint named best in the nation," 3 July 2018 Lena Williamson Bishop Feehan, senior Born with spina bifida, Williamson is a four-year member of the swim team. BostonGlobe.com, "2017-17 Para Athlete All-Scholastics," 29 June 2018

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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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