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Meaning of DURA MATER

Pronunciation:  `dyûuru'meytur

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the outermost (and toughest) of the 3 meninges
 Synonyms: dura
 See Also: meninges, meninx, tentorium



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Du"ra ma"ter\ [L., lit., hard mother. The membrane
was called mater, or mother, because it was formerly thought
to give rise to every membrane of the body.] (Anat.)
The tough, fibrous membrane, which lines the cavity of the
skull and spinal column, and surrounds the brain and spinal
cord; -- frequently abbreviated to dura.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The three membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord; going from skull to the brain, the membranes are the dura mater (the toughest of the three, a.k.a the pachymennix), the arachnoid (so called because it resembles a web) and the pia mater (delicate and highly vascular).