adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin nucha nape, from Arabic nukhā‘ spinal marrow Date: 1835 of, relating to, or lying in the region of the nape

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  • Nuchal — Nu chal, a. [Cf. F. nucal.] (Anat.) Of, pertaining to, or in the region of, the back, or nape, of the neck; applied especially to the anterior median plate in the carapace of turtles. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nuchal — (adj.) pertaining to the spinal cord, 1835, medical Latin, from nucha spinal cord (c.1400), from M.L. nucha, from Arabic nukha spinal marrow …   Etymology dictionary

  • nuchal — 1. noun The back of the neck Syn: nape, nucha 2. adjective Of or pertaining to the back or nape of the neck …   Wiktionary

  • Nuchal — Referring to the back of the neck (nape). For example, nuchal rigidity is a stiff neck, sometimes a symptom of meningitis. From the Latin nucha meaning nape. Pronounced nu·kal with the accent on the first syllable. * * * Relating to the nucha. *… …   Medical dictionary

  • nuchal — The nape of the neck …   Fisheries — dictionary

  • nuchal — 1) pertaining to the nape; (plural nuchalia) 2) extrascapula (one of a series of small bones bordering the posterior margin of the skull roof in primitive Teleostomi. They apparently originate from enlarged scales. One of 2 8 bones known… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • nuchal — See nucha. * * * …   Universalium

  • nuchal — nu|cha̱l, in fachspr. Fügungen: nu|cha̱lis, ...le: zum Nacken gehörend, im Bereich des Nackens liegend …   Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke

  • nuchal — nu|chal <zu 1↑> zum Nacken gehörend, im Bereich des Nackens liegend (Anat.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • nuchal — adj. of the nape of the neck …   English contemporary dictionary

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