- a protrusion of the meninges through an opening in the skull or spinal column, forming a bulge or sac filled with cerebrospinal fluid.
Origin of meningocele
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If placed over one of the fontanelles, a nævus may derive pulsation from the brain, and so simulate a meningocele.
It is, however, often difficult to distinguish between a meningocele and meningo-myelocele.
A meningocele, as it contains no nerve elements, may be translucent.
- pathol protrusion of the meninges through the skull or backbone
C19: from meningo- (see meninges) + -cele
- 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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