sub·​dur·​al ˌsəb-ˈdu̇r-əl How to pronounce subdural (audio)
: 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 This occurrence is called a subdural hematoma and can become life-threatening if left untreated. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2024 Bird Studio, the company Toriyama founded in 1983, announced on Thursday that the author and artist died on March 1 from acute subdural hematoma. Gene Park, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2024 The artist behind the long-running media franchise that popularized Japanese manga abroad, passed away on March 1 from an acute subdural hematoma, according to the statement. Ryotaro Nakamaru, Fortune Asia, 8 Mar. 2024 The statement said the cause was acute subdural hematoma, a condition in which blood collects between the skull and brain. Kiuko Notoya, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2024 The studio said Toriyama died on March 1 due to acute subdural hematoma, a condition where blood collects between the skull and the surface of the brain. USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2024 Akira Toriyama, one of the most influential manga creators of all time, died March 1 from an acute subdural hematoma., 8 Mar. 2024 Austin suffered a skull fracture, subdural hematoma, massive strokes and received an emergency craniotomy, according to a GoFundMe created for his family. Corin Cesaric, Peoplemag, 8 Mar. 2024 The prolific Japanese creator died on March 1 from an acute subdural hematoma, the official Dragon Ball website shared in a statement on Friday from Bird Studio, which Toriyama founded in the Eighties, and Capsule Corporation Tokyo. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History


sub- + dura (mater)

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subdural was in 1870

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Cite this Entry

“Subdural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


sub·​du·​ral ˌsəb-ˈd(y)u̇r-əl How to pronounce subdural (audio)
: situated, occurring, or performed under the dura mater or between the dura mater and the arachnoid
subdural empyema
subdurally adverb
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