dura mater

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First attested circa 1400, from Medieval Latin dura mater cerebri hard mother of the brain, a loan translation of Arabic umm al-dimagh as-safigah, literally thick mother of the brain, matrix of the brain.

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dura mater (uncountable)

  1. (anatomy) The tough and inflexible outermost of the three layers of the meninges
    • 1997: Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault, page 53 (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865)
      Hmm, false membranes are adhering to the arachnoidian layer of the dura mater. I’m directing my gaze into a world of constant visibility. Where does it hurt?

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