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[mi-nin-jeez] /mɪˈnɪn dʒiz/
plural noun, singular meninx
[mee-ningks] /ˈmi nɪŋks/ (Show IPA).
the three membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.
Compare arachnoid (def 6), dura mater, pia mater.
Origin of meninges
1610-20; < New Latin < Greek mḗninges, plural of mêninx membrane
Related forms
[mi-nin-jee-uh l] /mɪˈnɪn dʒi əl/ (Show IPA),
intermeningeal, adjective
postmeningeal, adjective
submeningeal, adjective Unabridged
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plural noun (sing) meninx (ˈmiːnɪŋks)
the three membranes that envelop the brain and spinal cord See dura mater, arachnoid, pia mater
Derived Forms
meningeal (mɪˈnɪndʒɪəl) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Greek, pl of meninx membrane
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Word Origin and History for meningeal

1829, from Modern Latin meningeus, from meninx "membrane of the brain" (1610s; see meningitis) + -al (1).



plural, 1610s, "the three membranes enveloping the brain and spinal cord," from Middle French meninges (1530s) or directly from medical Latin, plural of meninx, from Greek meninx (see meningitis).

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meningeal in Medicine

meningeal me·nin·ge·al (mə-nĭn'jē-əl)
Of, relating to, or affecting the meninges.

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meningeal in Science
The three membranes that enclose the vertebrate brain and spinal cord: the pia mater, arachnoid, and dura mater.
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meningeal in Culture
meninges [(muh-nin-jeez)]

The membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord.

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