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[suh-ring-goh-mahy-ee-lee-uh] /səˌrɪŋ goʊ maɪˈi li ə/
noun, Pathology.
a disease of the spinal cord in which the nerve tissue is replaced by a cavity filled with fluid.
Origin of syringomyelia
1875-80; syringo- (combining form of Greek sŷrinx syrinx) + myelia (myel- + -ia)
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[suh-ring-goh-mahy-el-ik] /səˌrɪŋ goʊ maɪˈɛl ɪk/ (Show IPA),
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a chronic progressive disease of the spinal cord in which cavities form in the grey matter: characterized by loss of the sense of pain and temperature
Derived Forms
syringomyelic (səˌrɪŋɡəʊmaɪˈɛlɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: syringo-, from Greek: syrinx + -myelia from Greek muelos marrow
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syringomyelia in Medicine

syringomyelia sy·rin·go·my·e·li·a (sə-rĭng'gō-mī-ē'lē-ə)
A chronic disease of the spinal cord characterized by the presence of fluid-filled cavities and leading to spasticity and sensory disturbances. Also called hydrosyringomyelia, Morvan's disease.

sy·rin'go·my·el'ic (-ěl'ĭk) adj.
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