spina bifida

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spina bifida

a congenital condition in which the meninges of the spinal cord protrude through a gap in the backbone, sometimes causing enlargement of the skull (due to accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid) and paralysis

spina bifida

[¦spī·nə ′bī·fəd·ə]
(medicine)
A congenital anomaly characterized by defective closure of the vertebral canal with herniation of the spinal cord meninges.
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Folic acid supplements taken before pregnancy and continuing into the first trimester can help to prevent serious birth defects involving the brain and spinal cord, such as spina bidifa (incomplete closure of the embryonic neural tube) Spinal bifida results in an partly formed spinal cord, says Dr.
The second updated edition of Movement Disorders Sourcebook is a winner, providing the latest research and health findings on all kinds of movement disorders in children and adults, from Parkinson disease and cerebral palsy to muscular dystrophy, spinal bifida, and injuries.
Anas was born with clubfoot, in which the foot is turned in, and spinal bifida, in which the spine curves.