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spinal meningitis

spinal meningitis in Medicine

spinal meningitis n.
Inflammation of the membranes enclosing the spinal cord, especially a usually fatal form that affects infants and young children and is caused by a strain of gram-negative bacteria (Hemophilus influenzae).

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