There are 2 main definitions of dura in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdjʊərə
(in full dura mater)


The tough outermost membrane enveloping the brain and spinal cord.
More example sentences
  • The dura mater of the spinal cord is separated from the periosteum of the vertebrae by an epidural space.
  • There were prominent bilateral scalp contusions with soft tissue and intramuscular haemorrhage, symmetrical parietal skull fractures with coronal sutural diastasis, and a lacerated dura mater with extrusion of brain and blood.
  • We report a case of prominent pigment deposition in the dura mater of the brain.


late 19th century: from medieval Latin, literally 'hard mother', translation of Arabic al-'umm al-jāfiya 'coarse mother'.



More example sentences
  • In addition, an intra-operative lumbar spinal drain was used to facilitate atraumatic dural elevation and temporal lobe retraction.
  • Neuropathologic examination demonstrated massive distension of the entire dural venous sinus system by dark blue-purple thrombi.
  • The dural covering of the spinal cord also showed pigmentation adjacent to intervertebral disk.

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