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noun Pathology.
  1. a disease of the spinal cord in which the nerve tissue is replaced by a cavity filled with fluid.
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Origin of syringomyelia

1875–80; syringo- (combining form of Greek sŷrinx syrinx) + myelia (myel- + -ia)
Related formssy·rin·go·my·el·ic [suh-ring-goh-mahy-el-ik] /səˌrɪŋ goʊ maɪˈɛl ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Neuro-arthropathies of the shoulder are met with chiefly in syringomyelia.

    Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition.

    Alexander Miles

British Dictionary definitions for syringomyelia


  1. a chronic progressive disease of the spinal cord in which cavities form in the grey matter: characterized by loss of the sense of pain and temperature
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Derived Formssyringomyelic (səˌrɪŋɡəʊmaɪˈɛlɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: syringo-, from Greek: syrinx + -myelia from Greek muelos marrow
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syringomyelia in Medicine


  1. A chronic disease of the spinal cord characterized by the presence of fluid-filled cavities and leading to spasticity and sensory disturbances.hydrosyringomyelia Morvan's disease
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Related formssy•rin′go•my•elic (-ĕlĭk) adj.
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