One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The three membranes (the dura mater, arachnoid, and pia mater) that line the skull and vertebral canal and enclose the brain and spinal cord.
- ‘Moving inwards from the skull towards the brain, or from the vertebral canal towards the spinal cord, the three meninges are: dura mater or pachymeninx (Greek pachy, meaning thick), arachnoid mater, and pia mater.’
- ‘In infants and children, the most common reason for doing a lumbar puncture is to look for an infection of the meninges, the membrane covering the brain and spinal cord.’
- ‘If the infection spreads to the meninges (the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord) meningitis can develop.’
- ‘Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.’
- ‘Coxsackie viruses can also cause meningitis, an infection of the meninges (the three membranes that envelop the brain and spinal cord), and rarely, encephalitis, a brain infection.’
Modern Latin, from Greek mēninx, mēning- ‘membrane’.
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