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syringomyelocele

Pronunciation: si-ring'go-mi'e-lo-sel

Definition: A form of spina bifida, consisting of a protrusion of the membranes and spinal cord through a dorsal defect in the vertebral column. Fluid of the syrinx of the cord increases and expands the cord tissue into a thin-walled sac that itself then expands through the vertebral defect.

[syringo- + myelocele]

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