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epidu'ral anesthe'sia

anesthesia produced by the injection of an anesthetic into the lumbar area of the spine in the space between the spinal cord and the dura, which eliminates sensation from the point of insertion downward, used esp. in childbirth. Also called epidural.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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