nounMedicine , British
The procedure of taking fluid from the spine in the lower back through a hollow needle, usually done for diagnostic purposes: clear colourless fluid was obtained by lumbar puncture [count noun]: repeated lumbar punctures may be required
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- All patients had a lumbar puncture to obtain cerebrospinal fluid, to exclude other causes of coma.
- Reducing the failure rate in practice is therefore crucial if patients are to benefit from lumbar punctures with atraumatic needles.
- So I did the lumbar puncture to get spinal fluid.
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