Definition of meninges in English:

meninges

Line breaks: men¦in|ges
Pronunciation: /mɪˈnɪndʒiːz
 
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noun (singular meninx)

Anatomy
  • The three membranes (the dura mater, arachnoid, and pia mater) that line the skull and vertebral canal and enclose the brain and spinal cord.
    More example sentences
    • Moving inwards from the skull towards the brain, or from the vertebral canal towards the spinal cord, the three meninges are: dura mater or pachymeninx (Greek pachy, meaning thick), arachnoid mater, and pia mater.
    • In infants and children, the most common reason for doing a lumbar puncture is to look for an infection of the meninges, the membrane covering the brain and spinal cord.
    • Coxsackie viruses can also cause meningitis, an infection of the meninges (the three membranes that envelop the brain and spinal cord), and rarely, encephalitis, a brain infection.

Derivatives

meningeal

Pronunciation: /mɪˈnɪndʒɪəl/
adjective
More example sentences
  • The innermost meningeal layer, the pia mater, is closely applied to the surface of the brain tissue and carries many small arteries and veins.
  • Triptans work by vasoconstricting the meningeal blood vessels.
  • Pigmented primary intracranial tumors other than meningeal melanocytomas and melanomas are rare.

Origin

modern Latin, from Greek mēninx, mēning- 'membrane'.

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