Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A chronic disease of the spinal cord characterized by the presence of fluid-filled cavities and leading to spasticity and sensory disturbances.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A disorder in which a cyst or cavity forms within the spinal cord, possibly leading to stiffness or paralysis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The existence of an abnormal cavity or cavities in the substance of the spinal cord, whether from abnormal persistence, from variation or distention of the embryonic space, or from the breaking down of gliomatous or other morbid tissue.

Etymologies

New Latin sȳringomyelia : Greek sūrinx, sūring-, spinal cavity + Greek muelos, marrow (from mūs, mouse, muscle).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Preston, 20, claimed he was crippled with a rare condition called syringomyelia, causing him pain in the neck and spine from the age of four.

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  • When I "got cancer" and had "syringomyelia" diagnosed , or at least when it was found a number of years ago and recurs, I felt as I did as a young art student in the late 70's desiring to act in the now, seek truth, love well, work harder, and lower the amount of fooling myself or others.

    Habits of Mind

  • CONGENITAL MALFORMATION SUPPORT GROUP, for those with Chiari malformation or syringomyelia; light refreshments will be served. 6: 30-8: 30 p.m. (third Wednesdays), Doctors Community Hospital, 8100 Good Luck Rd.,

    Prince George's County community calendar, Aug.5-12, 2010

  • Perhaps I would have never stopped to evaluate my friends, my family and my Christianity if I had not been stricken with syringomyelia.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive

  • CONGENITAL-MALFORMATION SUPPORT GROUP, for those with Chiari malformation or syringomyelia; light refreshments served. 6: 30-8: 30 p.m. (third Wednesdays), Doctors Community Hospital, 8100 Good Luck Rd.,

    Prince George's County community calendar, Sept. 9-16, 2010

  • According to an article in the UK's Independent, "Viewers watched a Cavalier King Charles spaniel writhing in agony because of the permanent pain in [her] head: [she] was afflicted by syringomyelia, the result of being bred with a skull too small for [her] brain."

    Bruce Friedrich: It's Time to Catch Up With Britain: Crufts, the AKC, the BBC, and USA Network

  • I have EDS and syringomyelia and some other unfun stuff, but the fits are the reason I cannot work.

    Why I'm "Lucky"

  • Chiromegaly is a term that has been applied by Charcot and Brissaud to the pseudoacromegaly that sometimes occurs in syringomyelia.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Most of the cases that have been reported as a combination of these two diseases are now thought to be only a syringomyelia.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Approximately 700,000 Americans have disabilities of the spinal cord, which can include traumatic spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, polio, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) and syringomyelia, among others.

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