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pia mater

[pahy-uh mey-ter, pee-uh]
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noun Anatomy.
  1. the delicate, fibrous, and highly vascular membrane forming the innermost of the three coverings of the brain and spinal cord.Compare arachnoid(def 6), dura mater.
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Origin of pia mater

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin: literally, pious mother, erroneous translation of Arabic umm raqīqah tender mother
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  • Pia-mater, a membrane which invests the brain and the spinal cord; it is of a delicate vascular tissue.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood


British Dictionary definitions for pia mater

pia mater

noun
  1. the innermost of the three membranes (meninges) that cover the brain and spinal cordSee meninges
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Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin, literally: pious mother, intended to translate Arabic umm raqīqah tender mother
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

pia mater in Medicine

pia mater

(pīə mātər, pēə mätər)
n.
  1. The fine vascular membrane that closely envelops the brain and spinal cord under the arachnoid and the dura mater.
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pia mater in Science

pia mater

[pīə mātər, pēə mätər]
  1. The fine vascular membrane that closely envelops the brain and spinal cord under the arachnoid and the dura mater.
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