These are membranes which enclose the brain and the spinal cord. There are three, which are very different from one another in nature. The dura

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This word simply means that the membranes which line the inside of the skull and spinal canal have become inflamed. An outbreak of meningitis in

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This is a sac-like expansion of the membranes that enclose the brain and spinal cord. It is an abnormality of normal development that is usually

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This word refers to the shape of the body, or part of it. We may speak of external or internal body morphology. A Chiari malformation

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Motor functions

By these we are referring to voluntary muscle or limb movements, including strength, co- ordination, dexterity and gait (walking). Eye movements, speaking, swallowing and breathing

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A term referring to any disorder of the spinal cord. Derived from the Greek word “myelos”, meaning “marrow”, if reflects the fact that ancient anatomists

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The Charity appreciates that hospital specialists will almost inevitably use some medical jargon at times, even when they are trying to explain medical matters in lay terminology. The table below lists many of the medical terms that are likely to be used, from time-to-time, by doctors, when they are talking to patients, or in composing medical correspondence. It is hoped that our explanation of the meaning of these terms throws at least some light on matters.

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