a congenital neural tube defect in which part of the meninges or spinal cord protrudes through the spinal column, often resulting in neurological impairment.
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How to use spina bifida in a sentence
Paralyzed from the waist down since birth because of spina bifida, this 32-year-old wheelchair track and field powerhouse already has 17 Paralympic medals, including six from Rio.
Sleep is likewise said to be induced by mechanic pressure on the brain in the cases of spina bifida.Zoonomia, Vol. I | Erasmus Darwin
The liability to spina bifida is greatest in the human infant, through the stress thrown on the spine.
It rarely appears in children, unless it is associated with spina bifida.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry | Maximilian Stern
British Dictionary definitions for spina bifida
a congenital condition in which the meninges of the spinal cord protrude through a gap in the backbone, sometimes causing enlargement of the skull (due to accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid) and paralysis
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Scientific definitions for spina bifida
A congenital defect caused by incomplete formation of the neural tube, in which the vertebral column is not fully closed, resulting in protrusion of the meninges and sometimes the spinal cord. Damage to the exposed spinal cord can cause neurological abnormalites, including paralysis.
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Cultural definitions for spina bifida
A congenital condition that involves an imperfectly closed spinal column, often resulting in neurological disorders.
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