Definition of Dura mater

1. Noun. The outermost (and toughest) of the 3 meninges.

Exact synonyms: Dura
Generic synonyms: Meninges, Meninx
Substance meronyms: Tentorium
Derivative terms: Dural

Definition of Dura mater

1. Noun. (anatomy) The tough and inflexible outermost of the three layers of the meninges ¹

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Medical Definition of Dura mater

1. The outermost, toughest and most fibrous of the three membranes (meninges) covering the brain and spinal cord. Synonym: pachymeninx. Origin: L. = hard mother This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dura Mater

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dura mater (current term)
dura mater cranialis
dura mater encephali
dura mater of brain
dura mater of spinal cord
dura mater spinalis
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Literary usage of Dura mater

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1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1897)
"Upon the outer surface of the dura mater, in the vicinity of ... In their growth they perforate the dura mater, andaré thus found on its outer surface, ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The adhesion between the bone and the dura mater is very intimate, ... The membranes of the brain are : the dura mater, arachnoid membrane, and pia mater. ..."

3. Quain's Elements of Anatomy by Jones Quain, Edward Albert Sharpey-Schäfer, George Dancer Thane, Johnson Symington (1893)
"An external fibrous membrane, named the dura mater, which lines the ... THE DURA MATER. The dura mater is a very strong dense inelastic fibrous tunic of ..."

4. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1909)
"DISEASES OF THE dura mater (Pachymeningitis). ... the pus is infiltrated between the two layers of the dura mater or may extend through and cause a ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"It gives off no bands from its inner surface, and it does not split into two layers for the lodgment of venous blood sinuses. The spinal dura mater forms a ..."

6. The Morbid Anatomy of Some of the Most Important Parts of the Human Body by Matthew Baillie, James Wardrop (1833)
"It is not unusual, when the dura mater has been inflamed, especially in consequence of some ... The dura mater is likewise sometimes eroded by ulceration, ..."

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