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

Examples of spina bifida in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tim Killam was trying to find a way to keep his son, who was born with spina bifida and is completely wheelchair dependent, sheltered from the harsh New England weather while waiting for the school bus. Daniella Genovese, Fox News, 23 Nov. 2021 Collett uses a wheelchair because of her spina bifida, a birth defect in which the spinal cord doesn't develop properly. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, 10 Oct. 2021 Her 14-year-old son has both spina bifida and asthma. al, 16 Aug. 2021 The foundation is committed to research, encouraging a healthy lifestyle, helping to prevent spina bifida and spreading awareness about it. Essence, 5 Oct. 2021 The infant had been born with spina bifida, a birth defect in which the spinal cord doesn’t fully develop. NBC News, 30 Sep. 2021 They are treated as patients by fetal surgeons, who administer anesthesia as standard care in order to treat conditions such as spina bifida right in the womb. Marjorie Dannenfelser, National Review, 15 Sep. 2021 Hart has had spina bifida, a spinal condition, since birth. Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2021 As a medical student in 1987, Joanne C. Smith met a teenage girl with spina bifida whose legs had been amputated. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2021

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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 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spina bifida

: 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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