Share this entry

Share this page

syringomyelia

Line breaks: syr¦ingo|mye¦lia
Pronunciation: /sɪˌrɪŋɡə(ʊ)mʌɪˈiːlɪə
 
/

Definition of syringomyelia in English:

noun

[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.

Origin

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

Definition of syringomyelia in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkəmbərsəm
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…