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epidural

Line breaks: epi|dural
Pronunciation: /ˌɛpɪˈdjʊər(ə)l
 
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Definition of epidural in English:

adjective

Anatomy & Medicine
On or around the dura mater, in particular (of an anaesthetic) introduced into the space around the dura mater of the spinal cord.
Example sentences
  • 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.

noun

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An epidural anaesthetic, used especially in childbirth to produce loss of sensation below the waist.
Example sentences
  • 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

Origin

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

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