Definition of spina bifida in English:

spina bifida

Line breaks: spina bif¦ida
Pronunciation: /ˌspʌɪnə ˈbɪfɪdə


[mass noun]
  • A congenital defect of the spine in which part of the spinal cord and its meninges are exposed through a gap in the backbone. It often causes paralysis of the lower limbs, and sometimes learning difficulties.
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    • This is a very important charity which treats children with serious illnesses such as cancer, leukaemia, spina bifida and cystic fibrosis.
    • Ultrasound can be used to diagnose certain congenital defects such as spina bifida.
    • Often called open spine, spina bifida affects the backbone and, sometimes, the spinal cord.


early 18th century: modern Latin (see spine, bifid).

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