arachnoid

[uh-rak-noid]
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adjective

resembling a spider's web.
of or belonging to the arachnids.
Anatomy. of or relating to the arachnoid membrane.
Botany. formed of or covered with long, delicate hairs or fibers.

noun

an arachnid.
Anatomy. the serous membrane forming the middle of the three coverings of the brain and spinal cord.

Origin of arachnoid

1745–55; < New Latin arachnoīdes < Greek arachnoeidḗs cobweblike. See arachnid, -oid
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British Dictionary definitions for arachnoid

arachnoid

noun

the middle of the three membranes that cover the brain and spinal cordSee meninges
another name for arachnid

adjective

of or relating to the middle of the three meninges
botany consisting of or covered with soft fine hairs or fibres
of or relating to the arachnids
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Word Origin and History for arachnoid
adj.

"cobweb-like," especially of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord, 1789, from Modern Latin arachnoides, from Greek arakhnoeides "cobweb-like," from arakhne "cobweb" (see arachnid) + -oeides (see -oid).

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arachnoid in Medicine

arachnoid

[ə-răknoid′]

adj.

Resembling a cobweb. Used of the arachnoid membrane covering the brain and spinal cord.
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arachnoid in Science

arachnoid

[ə-răknoid′]

The delicate membrane that encloses the spinal cord and brain and lies between the pia mater and dura mater.
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