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

  • n. See spina bifida.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as spina bifida.

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

  • n. a not uncommon congenital defect in which a vertebra is malformed; unless several vertebrae are affected or there is myelomeningocele there are few symptoms; can be diagnosed by amniocentesis


Greek skhistos, split; see schist + Greek rhakhis, backbone.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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