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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Birth defects of the brain and spine, including spinal bifida, can occur in the early weeks following conception, often before a woman knows she is pregnant.
Anas was born with clubfoot, in which the foot is turned in, and spinal bifida, in which the spine curves.
Can you tell me if babies are still being born with spinal bifida birth defects?
A local newspaper reporter has described a child as being afflicted with spinal bifida. Perhaps our colleague heard the words, or possibly half-heard them while on the run with a deadline yapping in his tracks.
she as named Humanitarian of the Year by the National Spinal Bifida Association.