Definition of syringomyelia in English:



  • A chronic progressive disease in which longitudinal cavities form in the cervical region of the spinal cord. This characteristically results in wasting of the muscles in the hands and a loss of sensation.

    • ‘Diabetes mellitus, tabes dorsalis, and syringomyelia are common causes.’
    • ‘He believed that others would recognize the authenticity of his suffering if more information was available that exposed syringomyelia as a spinal disease similar to spinal cord injury.’
    • ‘A frequent complication of symptom progression is the person's ongoing need to adjust to evolving functional losses that accompany syringomyelia.’
    • ‘This destroys the spinal cord in an irregular pattern, causing the unusual symptoms associated with syringomyelia.’
    • ‘This common problem accompanies long-term syringomyelia and involves loss of upward gaze because the neck becomes fused in a cervico-occipital malformation.’


Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek surinx, suring- tube, channel + muelos marrow.