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Definition of Spina bifida occulta

Spina bifida occulta: A bony defect in the vertebral column that causes a cleft in that column. The cleft remains covered by skin. Treatment is usually not required.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=5528
Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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