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lumbar puncture


Definition: a puncture into the subarachnoid space of the lumbar region to obtain spinal fluid for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.

Synonym(s): Quincke puncture, rachicentesis, rachiocentesis, spinal puncture, spinal tap

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