Definition of syringomyelia in English:


Syllabification: sy·rin·go·my·e·li·a
Pronunciation: /səˌriNGgōˌmīˈēlēə, -ˈēlyə


  • A chronic progressive disease in which longitudinal cavities form in the cervical region of the spinal cord. This characteristically results in wasting of the muscles in the hands and a loss of sensation.
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    • He believed that others would recognize the authenticity of his suffering if more information was available that exposed syringomyelia as a spinal disease similar to spinal cord injury.
    • Diabetes mellitus, tabes dorsalis, and syringomyelia are common causes.
    • This common problem accompanies long-term syringomyelia and involves loss of upward gaze because the neck becomes fused in a cervico-occipital malformation.


late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek surinx, suring- 'tube, channel' + muelos 'marrow'.

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