from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A congenital defect in which the spinal column is imperfectly closed so that part of the meninges or spinal cord protrudes, often resulting in hydrocephalus and other neurological disorders. Also called schistorrhachis.
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- n. A birth defect resulting in a cleft in the spinal column through which the spinal membranes and spinal cord may protrude. It is characterised by hydrocephalus and other neurological disorders.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A congenital malformation in which the spinal column is cleft at its lower portion, and the membranes of the spinal cord project as an elastic swelling from the gap thus formed.
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
But Chinese and American scientists, for example, discovered that children born with spina bifida, which is a very painful childhood birth problem, largely come from mothers that didn't have enough folic acid.
Kelly is 54 years old and suffers from spina bifida.
For women, taking 400 micrograms of folic acid in early pregnancy can protect the baby from conditions like spina bifida.
Nutrition has improved, doctors and the Easter Seals people recommending folic acid in hefty does to stave off preventable birth defects like spina bifida.
Mr. Wilder only began boxing in 2005, when he dropped out of college to work two jobs and try to take care of his young daughter, Naieya, who suffers from spina bifida.
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Dr. Roger Hudgins, who specializes in spina bifida, offered to perform surgery on baby Noor for free.
And in the next hour we'll be talking to a leading pediatrician on the topic of spina bifida.
Some members of the Georgia Army National Guard took a little shine to Baby Noor, who suffers from spina bifida.
On the tapes, cops say, the couple was seen with a 4-year-old girl who suffers from spina bifida.