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Topic: HOSPITAL

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: epi- ( EPICENTER) + dura, from dura mater 'outer covering of the main nerve in the back' (14-21 centuries), from Latin, 'hard mother'

epidural

noun
     
ep‧i‧dur‧al [countable]
MH a drug that is put into your back using a needle, done to prevent you feeling pain, especially when having a baby
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