spinal tap

noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes, a spinal tap is given too, and the fluid is analyzed for signs of MS. Lisa Mulcahy, Good Housekeeping, 5 Oct. 2022 The test to confirm a parechovirus diagnosis detects the DNA of the virus in cerebrospinal fluid, which requires a lumbar puncture, often known as a spinal tap. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 13 Aug. 2022 The test for parechovirus is aggressive: a spinal tap. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 13 Aug. 2022 Brain imaging, bloodwork and a spinal tap were among the procedures that Aislynn underwent. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 5 May 2022 What researchers are trying to do is come up with a blood test that could kind of detect this protein in your blood, rather than having to go to that extra step of the spinal tap or the brain scan. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 This imaging is usually enough to confirm the diagnosis of the most common type of multiple sclerosis, relapsing-remitting MS, but sometimes, your doctor might want to order further testing, such as a spinal tap. Sara Gaynes Levy, SELF, 7 Mar. 2022 He was headed for a spinal tap and chemotherapy treatment that would take seven hours and a whole day of fasting. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 14 Feb. 2022 He was scheduled for a biopsy and a spinal tap—last-ditch efforts to find the source of his illness. Zoya Teirstein, Wired, 25 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spinal tap was in 1947

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“Spinal tap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinal%20tap. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

spinal tap

noun

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