Definition of syringomyelia in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɪˌrɪŋɡə(ʊ)mʌɪˈiːlɪə/


[mass noun] Medicine
A chronic progressive disease in which longitudinal cavities form in the cervical region of the spinal cord. This characteristically results in wasting of the muscles in the hands and a loss of sensation.
Example sentences
  • He believed that others would recognize the authenticity of his suffering if more information was available that exposed syringomyelia as a spinal disease similar to spinal cord injury.
  • Diabetes mellitus, tabes dorsalis, and syringomyelia are common causes.
  • This common problem accompanies long-term syringomyelia and involves loss of upward gaze because the neck becomes fused in a cervico-occipital malformation.


Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek surinx, suring- 'tube, channel' + muelos 'marrow'.

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