Definition of Leptomeninges

1. Noun. The two innermost layers of the meninges; cerebrospinal fluid circulates between these innermost layers.

Generic synonyms: Meninges, Meninx
Terms within: Arachnoid, Arachnoid Membrane, Pia Mater



Definition of Leptomeninges

1. Noun. (anatomy) The innermost layers of the meninges; the pia mater and the arachnoid ¹

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Medical Definition of Leptomeninges

1. The two delicate layers of the meninges, the arachnoid mater and pia mater (vs. The tough pachymeninx or dura mater), considered together; by this concept, the arachnoid and pia are two parts of a single layer, much like the parietal and visceral layers of a serous membrane or bursa; although separated by the subarachnoid space they are connected via the arachnoid trabeculae and become continuous where the nerves and filum terminale exit the subarachnoid space (the cerebrospinal fluid-filled space bounded by the leptomeninges). See: arachnoid, pia mater. Synonym: meninx tenuis, pia-arachnoid, piarachnoid. Origin: Lepto-+ G. Meninx, pl. Meninges, membrane (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Leptomeninges

leptogenic
leptogluon
leptogluons
leptokurtic
leptokurtosis
leptokurtotic
leptology
leptoma
leptomata
leptome
leptomeningeal
leptomeningeal carcinoma
leptomeningeal carcinomatosis
leptomeningeal cyst
leptomeningeal fibrosis
leptomeninges (current term)
leptomeningitides
leptomeningitis
leptomere
leptomes
leptomonad
leptomycin
lepton
lepton number
leptonema
leptonemas
leptonic
leptonically
leptonless
leptons

Literary usage of Leptomeninges

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1. The Journal of Comparative Pathology and Therapeutics (1888)
"... continuity between the neoplastic tissue of the leptomeninges and underlying brain. Azure - eosin, .< 24. Fig. 3. Medulla oblongata. ..."

2. Edinburgh Medical Journal (1895)
"The spinal cord showed marked congestion of the leptomeninges. ... leptomeninges.—The pia arachnoid on the anterior and lateral aspects of the medulla and ..."

3. The Oxford Medicine by Henry Asbury Christian, James Mackenzie (1920)
"Minute hemorrhages of the leptomeninges of the cerebrum were observed twice. In one brain, small areas of softening in the lenticular nuclei were found. ..."

4. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1922)
"... and the other a hair-containing, or dermal cholesteatoma,3 both of them arising from the leptomeninges. It is important to bear in mind, therefore, ..."

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