spinal tap

noun

Examples of spinal tap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unwitting participants lured in by the promise of free medical care, hot meals and burial insurance returned regularly for aspirin, tonics, blood draws and the occasional spinal tap. Caitjan Gainty, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Jan. 2024 Other tests may include tissue sampling or a spinal tap called a lumbar puncture during which fluid is removed from two bones in the lower spine for testing. Clare Fisher, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2024 During his time in the hospital, Jeremy needed a spinal tap, suffered infections and throat swelling, and needed to wear a temperature-regulating suit. Natalie Kainz, NBC News, 16 Nov. 2023 Physicians currently must perform a spinal tap and imaging tests when trying to diagnose Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2023 If someone does experience problems like forgetting who family members are, or getting lost while walking familiar paths, a combination of cognitive tests, brain scans, blood work, or a spinal tap can pinpoint the cause of their dementia. WIRED, 13 Nov. 2023 Typically, doctors look at several factors to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease: a patient’s medical history, cognitive and functional assessments, brain imaging scans, and spinal tap or blood tests. WIRED, 8 Aug. 2023 That can be done with an imaging test called a PET scan, a spinal tap in which a needle is inserted into a patient’s back to withdraw spinal fluid, or a blood test. Fran Kritz, Verywell Health, 14 July 2023 Before starting the drug, doctors must confirm a patient has amyloid in the brain, which can be detected by a PET scan or a spinal tap. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 6 July 2023 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 20 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

spinal tap

noun

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