spina bifida


spi·​na bi·​fi·​da ˌspī-nə-ˈbi-fə-də How to pronounce spina bifida (audio)
: a congenital cleft of the spinal column with hernial protrusion of the meninges and sometimes the spinal cord

Examples of spina bifida in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Leonard Leo, the conservative legal activist and longtime head of the Federalist Society, named his late daughter Margaret Mary, who had severe spina bifida, after the saint. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, 11 June 2024 White has spina bifida, which has primarily affected his foot. Ed Stannard, Hartford Courant, 5 Apr. 2024 Listen to this article The Crowne Plaza Edison hotel is accused of violating the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination by failing to provide wheelchair-accessible bathrooms during a conference for people with disabilities, including spina bifida. Brian Niemietz, New York Daily News, 3 Apr. 2024 The Alabama native – who was born with spina bifida and grew up extremely poor – was called back to the stage by the audience for six encores. Lorenzino Estrada, The Arizona Republic, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for spina bifida 

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Word History


New Latin, literally, spine split in two

First Known Use

1720, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spina bifida was in 1720

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“Spina bifida.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spina%20bifida. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

spina bifida

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