spina bifidaspi·na bif·i·da
Spina bifida is a birth defect where the spine is not completely formed around the spinal cord.
An example of spina bifida is what may cause fluid to leak out of the spine.
a congenital defect or opening in the spinal column through which the spinal membranes or spinal cord may protrude, often resulting in hydrocephalus, paralysis, etc.
Origin of spina bifidaModern Latin from Classical Latin spina (see spine) + bifida, feminine of bifidus, bifid
A congenital defect in which the spinal column is imperfectly closed so that part of the meninges or spinal cord protrudes, often resulting in hydrocephalus and other neurological disorders.
Origin of spina bifidaNew Latin spīna bifida Latin spīna spine Latin bifida feminine of bifidus split in two
top: normal spine
bottom: spina bifida
- (pathology) A birth defect resulting in a cleft in the spinal column through which the spinal membranes and spinal cord may protrude. It is characterised by hydrocephalus and other neurological disorders.