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English definition of “epidural”

epidural

noun [C] uk   /ˌep.ɪˈdjʊə.rəl/ us    /-ˈdʊr.əl/
an anaesthetic (= a substance that stops you feeling pain) that is put into the nerves in a person's lower back with a special needle: They gave my wife an epidural when she was giving birth.Specific medicines and drugsSpecific types of drug
(Definition of epidural from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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