[ muh-ning-guh-seel ]
/ məˈnɪŋ gəˌsil /

noun Pathology.

a protrusion of the meninges through an opening in the skull or spinal column, forming a bulge or sac filled with cerebrospinal fluid.


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Origin of meningocele

First recorded in 1865–70; mening(es) + -o- + -cele1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for meningocele

/ (mɛˈnɪŋɡəʊˌsiːl) /


pathol protrusion of the meninges through the skull or backbone

Word Origin for meningocele

C19: from meningo- (see meninges) + -cele
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Medical definitions for meningocele

[ mə-nĭnggə-sēl′ ]


Protrusion of the meninges of the brain or spinal cord through a defect in the skull or spinal column forming a cyst filled with cerebrospinal fluid.
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