spinal tap

noun

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Recent Examples on the Web After countless tests, a spinal tap for Rahsaan and medicine delivered straight to Joseph's heart, they were both diagnosed with what is now known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, MIS-C for short. Dr. Edith Bracho-sanchez, CNN, "How Black and Latino children came to be the most affected by the severe complications of Covid-19," 1 Sep. 2020 Her five-month struggle has meant specialists, drugs, a spinal tap, imaging scans and 15 hospital visits. WSJ, "Photos of the Week: Aug. 24-30, 2020," 28 Aug. 2020 The second is a spinal tap, which is cheaper—to the tune of hundreds of dollars—and is covered by insurance. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "The long-awaited Alzheimer’s blood test won’t be for the general public," 30 July 2020 Doctors often need to perform a lumbar puncture, otherwise known as spinal tap, to sample spinal fluid and look for signs of inflammation and abnormal antibodies. Aarti Sarwal, The Conversation, "Rare neurological disorder, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, linked to COVID-19," 7 July 2020 Brian spent the months after that first neurology exam undergoing multiple blood draws, MRIs, and a spinal tap. Brian Barrett, Wired, "My Friend Was Struck by ALS. Here’s How He’s Fighting Back," 23 June 2020 The doctor performed a spinal tap, plunging a 31/2-inch needle into his spine on three occasions. David Moore, Dallas News, "Retirement was the right move for Cowboys C Travis Frederick — and more athletes should consider following his lead," 25 Mar. 2020 Also, spinal taps can show whether amyloid and tau proteins are present in cerebrospinal fluid. New York Times, "Stalked by the Fear That Dementia Is Stalking You," 20 Feb. 2020 Brain imaging and spinal taps in living people can offer clues but ultimately are insufficient for a definitive diagnosis. John Rosengren, Washington Post, "An Olympic Hockey Hero, a Violent Crime and the Specter of Brain Trauma," 12 Feb. 2020

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Spinal tap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinal%20tap. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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spinal tap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spinal tap

medical : a procedure in which a needle is inserted into the spinal cord in order to take out fluid or inject medicine

spinal tap

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