spinal meningitis


Inflammation of the membranes enclosing the spinal cord, especially a usually fatal form that affects infants and young children and is caused by a strain of gram-negative bacteria (Hemophilus influenzae).

Nearby words

  1. spinal decompression,
  2. spinal fusion,
  3. spinal ganglion,
  4. spinal headache,
  5. spinal marrow,
  6. spinal muscle of head,
  7. spinal muscle of neck,
  8. spinal muscle of thorax,
  9. spinal nerve,
  10. spinal paralysis

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