an epidural anesthetic, used especially in childbirth to produce loss of sensation below the waist.
on or around the dura mater, in particular (of an anesthetic) introduced into the space around the dura mater of the spinal cord.
(ĕp 'Ĭ-do͝or'əl, -dyo͝or'-)
Located in or on the dura mater.
An injection into the epidural space of the spine.
( ˌɛpɪdjʊərəl )
(Anatomy) Also: extradural on or off the dura mater
a. Anesthetic injection into the space outside the dura that surrounds the spinal cord
b. anesthesia induced by this method
[C19: epi- + dur (a mater) + -al 1
(ˌɛp ɪˈdʊər əl, -ˈdyʊər-)
ep • i • du • ral
(ˌɛp ɪdʊər əl, -dyʊər-) n n adj.
1. located on or outside the dura mater.
2. of or related to the insertion of an anesthetic in the lumbar spine in the space between the spinal cord and the dura, which blocks the sensation in the body from that point down: epidural anesthesia.
3. an epidural injection of anesthesia; spinal anesthesia