[suh-ree-broh-spahyn-l, ser-uh-]

adjective Anatomy, Physiology.

pertaining to or affecting the brain and the spinal cord.
of or relating to the central nervous system.

Origin of cerebrospinal

First recorded in 1820–30; cerebro- + spinal
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of or relating to the brain and spinal cord
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cerebrospinal in Medicine


[sĕr′ə-brō-spīnəl, sə-rē′brō-]


Relating to the brain and the spinal cord.
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