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plural noun, singular me·ninx [mee-ningks] /ˈmi nɪŋks/. Anatomy.
  1. the three membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.Compare arachnoid(def 6), dura mater, pia mater.
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Origin of meninges

1610–20; < New Latin < Greek mḗninges, plural of mêninx membrane
Related formsme·nin·ge·al [mi-nin-jee-uh l] /mɪˈnɪn dʒi əl/, adjectivein·ter·me·nin·ge·al, adjectivepost·me·nin·ge·al, adjectivesub·me·nin·ge·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for meninges

Historical Examples

  • The seat of the disease is in the meninges or membranes around the brain and spinal cord.

    Disease and Its Causes

    William Thomas Councilman

  • If this is so, it appears from what will follow as though the meninges must be the "stock" rather than the diaphragm.

  • It consists in a collection of fluid under the meninges, but outside the brain proper.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • That the wound has penetrated the meninges is shown by the escape of cerebro-spinal fluid.

  • The pressure and heat on the top of my head appears like an inflammation of the meninges.

British Dictionary definitions for meninges


pl n singular meninx (ˈmiːnɪŋks)
  1. the three membranes that envelop the brain and spinal cordSee dura mater, arachnoid, pia mater
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Derived Formsmeningeal (mɪˈnɪndʒɪəl), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Greek, pl of meninx membrane
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Word Origin and History for meninges


plural, 1610s, "the three membranes enveloping the brain and spinal cord," from Middle French meninges (1530s) or directly from medical Latin, plural of meninx, from Greek meninx (see meningitis).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

meninges in Science


  1. The three membranes that enclose the vertebrate brain and spinal cord: the pia mater, arachnoid, and dura mater.
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meninges in Culture



The membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord.

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The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.