Definition of epidural in English:


Syllabification: ep·i·du·ral
Pronunciation: /ˌepiˈd(y)o͝orəl


Anatomy & Medicine
  • On or around the dura mater, in particular (of an anesthetic) introduced into the space around the dura mater of the spinal cord.
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    • They can also be given in the epidural space in the spinal column where nerves exit.
    • They can also be given through an epidural catheter (a thin tube).
    • The neurologist who examined her found and drained an epidural abscess from the lumbar region.


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  • An epidural anesthetic, used especially in childbirth to produce loss of sensation below the waist.
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    • Anaesthetists routinely provide epidurals for both vaginal and caesarean deliveries.
    • Most hospitals use IV medicines or epidurals for pain relief.
    • Little attention has been paid to other obstetric interventions such as epidurals, episiotomies, and instrumental births


late 19th century: from epi- 'upon' + dura1 + -al.

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