Definition of Epidural

1. Noun. 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.

2. Adjective. On or outside the dura mater.
Exact synonyms: Extradural
Partainyms: Dura Mater, Dura Mater

Definition of Epidural

1. Adjective. (anatomy) Situated on or outside the dura mater. ¹

2. Noun. (medicine) An injection of anaesthetic into the epidural space of the spine, especially associated with pain relief during childbirth. ¹

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Definition of Epidural

1. an injection to produce loss of sensation [n -S]

Medical Definition of Epidural

1. Situated within the spinal canal, on or outside the dura mater (tough membrane surrounding the spinal cord), synonyms are extradural and peridural. (16 Dec 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Epidural

epidural (current term)
epidural abscess
epidural anaesthesia
epidural anaesthetic
epidural anesthesia
epidural block
epidural cavity
epidural haematoma
epidural injection
epidural meningitis
epidural neoplasms
epidural space

Literary usage of Epidural

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1911)
"He found that epidural injections were efficacious when the perineural ... He says that the epidural method is not painful and has never caused fever or ..."

2. Diseases of the Ear by Philip D. Kerrison (1921)
"The term extradural, or epidural, abscess is applied to any ... The symptoms of epidural abscess may be nil or so indefinite as to be of little or no ..."

3. Diseases of the Ear: A Text-book for Practitioners and Students of Medicine by Edward Bradford Dench (1909)
"The separation of the epidural abscess cavity from the mastoid wound by means of firm gauze packing should be looked upon as a ..."

4. Textbook of Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham (1905)
"... and in the intervals between the fibrous processes which pass into the be- there are small lymph spaces (epidural spaces) where the outer surface of th» ..."

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