ependyma

[ uh-pen-duh-muh ]
/ əˈpɛn də mə /

noun Anatomy.

a membrane lining the canal of the spinal cord and the ventricles of the brain.

Origin of ependyma

1870–75; < Greek epéndyma a covering, garment, equivalent to ependý(ein) to put on, over (ep- ep- + en- en-2 + dýein to put on) + -ma suffix of result

Related forms

ep·en·dy·mal, e·pen·dy·mar·y [uh-pen-duh-mer-ee] /əˈpɛn dəˌmɛr i/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ependyma

ependyma

/ (ɪˈpɛndɪmə) /

noun

the membrane lining the ventricles of the brain and the central canal of the spinal cord

Derived Forms

ependymal, adjective
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Medicine definitions for ependyma

ependyma

[ ĭ-pĕndə-mə ]

n. pl. ep•en•dy•mas

The epithelial membrane lining the canal of the spinal cord and the ventricles of the brain.

Related forms

ep•endy•mal adj.
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