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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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Historical Examples

  • Meninx is supposed to be the “land of the lotus-eaters”987 mentioned by Homer.

    The Geography of Strabo, Volume III (of 3)


  • Girba, formerly Meninx, an island to the south-east of the Lesser Syrtis.

  • Cercina is a group of smaller islands above 50 miles north of Meninx, now called the Karkenna islands.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II

    Aubrey Stewart &amp; George Long

British Dictionary definitions for meninx


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 meninx



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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meninx in Medicine


n. pl. me•nin•ges (mə-nĭnjēz)
  1. A membrane, especially one of the three membranes enclosing the brain and spinal cord.
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meninx 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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meninx in Culture



The membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord.

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