intervertebral disk

noun

Definition of intervertebral disk 

: any of the tough elastic disks that are interposed between the centra of adjoining vertebrae and that consist of an outer fibrous ring enclosing an inner pulpy nucleus

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Your spine has 23 intervertebral disks between its vertebrae that act as shock absorbers. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "The Back Pain Repair Manual," 22 May 2018 Dogs or cats with long backs such as dachshunds or munchkins are susceptible to ruptured intervertebral disks. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "What to know in case of pet trauma," 8 Dec. 2017

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circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

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intervertebral disk

noun

Medical Definition of intervertebral disk 

: any of the tough elastic disks that are interposed between the centra of adjoining vertebrae and that consist of an outer annulus fibrosus enclosing an inner nucleus pulposus

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