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Meaning of CEREBROSPINAL FLUID

Pronunciation:  `serubrow'spynl 'flooid

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  clear liquid produced in the ventricles of the brain; fills and protects cavities in the brain and spinal cord
 
 Synonyms: spinal fluid
 
 See Also: bodily fluid, body fluid, humor, humour, liquid body substance, medulla spinalis, spinal cord, ventricle

 

 

Medical Dictionary
 
 Definition: The watery fluid that fills the spaces in and around the brain and spinal cord. Also called CSF.
 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. A fluid within the skull which surrounds the brain and the top of the spinal cord that helps cushion these organs from blows and other trauma.
  2. Cerebrospinal fluid is the clear fluid that fills the cerebral ventricles and subarachnoid space (the areas that surround the brain and the spinal cord). It is produced by the choroid plexuses.

    Normal values:

    • opening pressure: less than 180 mm H2O
    • appearance: clear
    • cells/uL: lymphocytes: 0 -5; Polymorphs: 1 - 3; RBC:20 - 50
    • glucose: 45 - 85 mg/dL
    • protein: 15 -45 mg/dL
 

 

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