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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a bulb, especially of the medulla oblongata: bulbar poliomyelitis.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to the brainstem.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to bulb; especially, in medicine, pertaining to the bulb of the spinal cord, or medulla oblongata.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bulbous.
  • In pathology, pertaining to the medulla oblongata.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. involving the medulla oblongata


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  • And it took us a while to get in and see someone because were on the road at tournaments and finally in July we had initial diagnosis of bulbar, which is this region that is effected.

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  • But in some burn patients, the limbus is destroyed and the cornea instead develops from cells that cover the white of the eyeball, known as the bulbar conjunctiva.

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  • He was rushed to City Hospital in Syracuse where a diagnosis was made, via spinal tap, of bulbar polio.


  • By the next morning, the worst had been confirmed: Frankie had bulbar polio, rendering him unable to breathe or swallow without mechanical assistance.

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  • In the brain I cause bulbar paralysis of the respiratory muscles.


  • CHETRY: And they were saying that if the wounds are only as deep as the bulbar and they can get back into saltwater, which is much more healing, they should be OK.

    CNN Transcript May 17, 2007

  • Bitot's spots: foamy white patches on bulbar conjunctive.

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  • STAGE III (dispensary) - Scarring and infiltration of the palpebral and bulbar conjunctivae and of the cornea.

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  • · When the catheter reaches the bulbar angle (13 to 15 cm), direct it towards the base.

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  • It had a long oval shape, sharp edges, was roughly flattened on the outside with a smooth inner bulbar face, and was slightly thicker at the end that was struck, diminishing to a thin section at the other.

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  • It is the long weakend (weekend) of definition!

    March 10, 2011

  • Th-Su this word is unavailable.

    March 10, 2011

  • specifically, M-W (merriam webster) definition

    March 10, 2011