spina bifida

spi·na bi·fi·da | \ˌspī-nə-ˈbi-fə-də \

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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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 The legislation also extends benefits to families of U.S. service members who served in Thailand and whose children suffer from spina bifida, a birth defect associated with Agent Orange exposure. Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "Congress considering benefits for Navy vets with Agent Orange exposure," 2 June 2018 For five nights, kids can forget about cancer, diabetes, spina bifida and other issues. Page Leggett, charlotteobserver, "Victory Junction delivers safe, adventurous fun for campers | Charlotte Observer," 10 May 2018 Grayson Phillips, 18, who was born with spina bifida, was honored Monday in Washington, D.C., at the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards' 23rd annual national award ceremony for his work creating the Outdoor Ability Foundation. Shelly Haskins, AL.com, "Disabled Alabama teen wins national volunteer award," 30 Apr. 2018 Between 1997 and 2003, doctors performed more than 200 open surgeries in the United States on fetuses with 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 Between 1997 and 2003, doctors performed more than 200 open surgeries in the United States on fetuses with spina bifida. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Some people do better exercising at a low-intensity pace," 29 Apr. 2018 McFadden was born in Russia with spina bifida and spent her early years in a St. Petersburg orphanage. Susan Soldavin, Howard County Times, "Fascinating lives lead to new books to inspire young readers [Clarksville]," 26 Apr. 2018 She was born with spina bifida, which is why Guerra moved from Mexico to Milwaukee. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lala's Place: A Mexican restaurant where love is thicker than blood and problems are pummeled," 25 Apr. 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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