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Meninges \Me*nin"ges\ (m[-e]*n[i^]n"j[=e]z), n. pl.; sing. Meninx (m[-e]*n[i^][ng]ks"). [NL., fr. Gr. mh^nigx, mh^niggos, a membrane.] (Anat.) The three membranes that envelop the brain and spinal cord; the pia mater, dura mater, and arachnoid membrane.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

plural, 1610s, "the three membranes enveloping the brain and spinal cord," from Middle French meninges (1530s) or directly from medical Latin, plural of meninx, from Greek meninx (see meningitis).


n. 1 (context anatomy English) The three membranes that envelop the brain and spinal cord. 2 (plural of meninx English)Category:English plurals


n. a membrane (one of 3) that envelops the brain and spinal cord [syn: meninx]


The meninges (, singular: meninx ( or ), from , adjectival: meningeal ) are the three membranes that envelop the brain and spinal cord. In mammals, the meninges are the dura mater, the arachnoid mater, and the pia mater. Cerebrospinal fluid is located in the subarachnoid space between the arachnoid mater and the pia mater.The primary function of the meninges is to protect the central nervous system.

Usage examples of "meninges".

This was fortunate since it enabled them to go through the meninges without having to worry about controlling fluid losses, and they could move laterally with minimal resistance and loss of time between the brain surface and the meningeal layer to the first objective, a deep fissure between two convolutions in the area suspected of housing the Groalterri telepathic faculty.

A sharp object penetrated the frontal lobe -here - and pierced the meninges and caused a haemorrhage.

Such an immediate embrace fortunately does not exist, since the brain and spinal cord are surrounded by a series of membranes called the meninges (meh-nin'jeez.

There is inflammation of the meninges, and severe brain malfunction, similar to the effects of lysergic acid or mescalin.

Except for the cord and its attendant meninges, the cut involved only the left and right vertebral arteries.