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

  • adj. Located on or over the dura mater.
  • n. An injection into the epidural space of the spine.

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  • adj. Situated on or outside the dura mater.
  • n. An injection of anaesthetic into the epidural space of the spine, especially associated with pain relief during childbirth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Situated upon the dura mater: as, the epidural space, an interval between the periosteum which lines the spinal canal and the dura mater of the spinal cord.

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

  • adj. on or outside the dura mater
  • n. regional anesthesia resulting from injection of an anesthetic into the epidural space of the spinal cord; sensation is lost in the abdominal and genital and pelvic areas; used in childbirth and gynecological surgery


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From epi- + dura (mater) + -al.


  • "There's no way to clean up after, the epidural is a bitch to administer in such tight quarters and they don't even make maternity space suits."

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  • The nice thing about epidural is that if a C-section is necessary, additional medication can provide for a stronger anesthetic level.

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  • Realizing that, by this time, I'd been awake for 24 hours straight, she said, "Get the friggin 'epidural and get some sleep!"

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  • An epidural is better than narcotics too, because it doesn't get into the baby's bloodstream.

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  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have stated that among all options for medicated pain relief, the epidural is the most effective for reducing pain, while allowing the woman to stay alert and actively participate in her labor.8 Among women who receive epidural pain medications, almost all (98.8 percent) have significant pain relief for at least some of their labor.

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  • This can lead to something called an epidural haematoma, where blood builds up between the outer covering of the brain and the skull, with consequent pressure on the brain itself.

    The Guardian World News

  • While the epidural was a blessed relief last time, to go from feeling just fine and dandy to heavily drugged and numb and not quite in control made me uncomfortable -- a reminder of why I was such a big dork in college, someone who thought pot was just a little too intense of a high and who always turned down the chance to try anything stronger.

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  • If you so much as say the word 'epidural' to me, I get numb in my lower back just thinking about that experience.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • Introduce the word "epidural" into conversation and you'll hear vociferous arguments for and against the powerful pain meds used in the delivery of babies.

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  • There are now methods of reducing the pain associated with labour - such as epidural anaesthesia - which is achieved by passing an extremely fine tube into the spine and injecting - Articles related to Cocaine or ecstasy consumption during adolescence ups addiction risk


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