Definition of meninges in English:


Pronunciation /məˈninjēz/ /məˈnɪndʒiz/

plural nounmeninx

  • The three membranes (the dura mater, arachnoid, and pia mater) that line the skull and vertebral canal and enclose the brain and spinal cord.

    • ‘Moving inwards from the skull towards the brain, or from the vertebral canal towards the spinal cord, the three meninges are: dura mater or pachymeninx (Greek pachy, meaning thick), arachnoid mater, and pia mater.’
    • ‘In infants and children, the most common reason for doing a lumbar puncture is to look for an infection of the meninges, the membrane covering the brain and spinal cord.’
    • ‘Coxsackie viruses can also cause meningitis, an infection of the meninges (the three membranes that envelop the brain and spinal cord), and rarely, encephalitis, a brain infection.’
    • ‘If the infection spreads to the meninges (the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord) meningitis can develop.’
    • ‘Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.’


Modern Latin, from Greek mēninx, mēning- ‘membrane’.



/məˈninjēz/ /məˈnɪndʒiz/