slipped disc


variants or slipped disk
plural slipped discs or slipped disks
: a protrusion of one of the cartilage discs between vertebrae with pressure on spinal nerves resulting in low back pain or sciatic pain
Such detailed photographs might save lives: diagnosis of cancer, tuberculosis, and even a slipped disc, will be quicker, with the guesswork eliminated.London Evening Free Press (London, Ontario)

Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of slipped disc was in 1940

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“Slipped disc.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition

slipped disc

variants or slipped disk
: a protrusion of an intervertebral disc and its nucleus pulposus that produces pressure upon spinal nerves resulting in low-back pain and often sciatic pain
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