spinal column


spinal column

noun

Definition of SPINAL COLUMN

:  the axial skeleton of a vertebrate that consists of an articulated series of vertebrae which extend from the neck to the tail and protect the spinal cord —called also backbone

Examples of SPINAL COLUMN

  1. <a diagram of the spinal column>

First Known Use of SPINAL COLUMN

1831

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spinal column

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SPINAL COLUMN

: the articulated series of vertebrae connected by ligaments and separated by more or less elastic intervertebral fibrocartilages that in nearly all vertebrates forms the supporting axis of the body and a protection for the spinal cord and that extends from the hind end of the skull through the median dorsal part of the body to the coccyx or end of the tail—called also backbone, spine, vertebral column

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