sub·​dur·​al | \ ˌsəb-ˈdu̇r-əl How to pronounce subdural (audio) , -ˈdyu̇r-; ˈsəb-ˌd(y)u̇r- \

Definition of subdural

: situated or occurring beneath the dura mater or between the dura mater and the arachnoid membrane subdural space subdural hematomas

Examples of subdural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Christmas Eve of 2017, Murphey fell ill and was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 His mom, Madeleine McHale, died from a subdural hematoma just as Ed was entering adolescence. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 10 Apr. 2022 The 87-year-old man had taken a fall and needed treatment for a subdural hematoma — bleeding between his brain and skull. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 8 Mar. 2022 About 10 days later, his condition had degenerated into paralysis due to a subdural hematoma. Karen Rosen, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2022 The Greenville News also reported that the medical notes show Murdaugh was treated for a laceration to his scalp, a small subdural hemorrhage and a skull fracture consistent with two superficial bullet wounds to the head. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 17 Oct. 2021 The official diagnosis was subarachnoid hemorrhage and subdural hematoma — bleeding and the pooling of blood on the surface of the brain. John Branch, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2021 Doctors found a subdural hematoma, a serious injury that occurred when his head struck the wall the day before. Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Feb. 2014 The girl, Ariel Young, suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, a parietal fracture, brain contusions, and subdural hematomas in the crash, according to medical records. Amir Vera And Keith Allen, CNN, 7 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of subdural

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for subdural

sub- + dura (mater)

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“Subdural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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sub·​du·​ral | \ ˌsəb-ˈd(y)u̇r-əl How to pronounce subdural (audio) \

Medical Definition of subdural

: situated, occurring, or performed under the dura mater or between the dura mater and the arachnoid subdural empyema

Other Words from subdural

subdurally \ -​ē How to pronounce subdural (audio) \ adverb


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