a developmental defect where the vertebral canal does not close properly around the spinal cord. This neural defect consequently in part of the spinal cord protruding from the body surface.

SPINA BIFIDA: "Spina bifida causes weakness in the legs and feet and problems with bowel and bladder control, movement and sensation."
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