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spinal tap


Amongst other purposes, a spinal tap is helpful in diagnosing multiple sclerosis.
  common name for a lumbar puncture; the insertion of a needle into the spinal canal to remove a sample of cerebrospinal fluid for diagnosis or to inject drugs
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  • Amongst other purposes, a spinal tap is helpful in diagnosing multiple sclerosis.
  • His voice sounds plaintive, not angry, as he lectures: You do not administer an antibiotic to a person with meningitis until you have done a spinal tap and know the variety of meningitis and thus which drug will work.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • They didn’t know what was wrong with her, so they did a spinal tap to make sure she didn’t have meningitis.
    Willie & Korie Robertson  --  The Duck Commander Family
  • It’s like being the drummer in Spinal Tap.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass

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  • Farmer had told me on the plane to Moscow that he was tired of the World Bank meetings and the arguments, in conference rooms that grew increasingly airless, where there were no patients, his thoughts straying back to Cange: When the next meningitis victim came in, would one of the doctors, in his absence, do a spinal tap?
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Only in Haiti would a child cry out that she’s hungry during a spinal tap."
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
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Associated words [difficulty]:   spinal tap [9] , biopsy [5] , pap smear [8] , triglycerides [8] , amniocentesis [9] , creatinine [9] , electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) [9] , uric acid [9]
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