spinal

adjective
spi·​nal | \ ˈspī-nᵊl How to pronounce spinal (audio) \

Definition of spinal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or situated near the spinal column
2a : of, relating to, or affecting the spinal cord spinal reflexes
b : having the spinal cord functionally isolated (as by surgical section) from the brain experiments on spinal animals
3 : of, relating to, or resembling a spine

spinal

noun

Definition of spinal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a spinal anesthetic

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Examples of spinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Manchini’s mother confirmed to detectives that her daughter had undergone back surgery for her spinal condition. Fox News, "Remains found in suitcase in 2016 finally ID'd using new technology, police say," 30 June 2019 Monet's second wife, Alice Hoschedé Monet, was diagnosed with spinal leukemia in 1910 and died the following year. Dallas News, "Return of the Lilies: Monet makes a triumphant encore at the Kimbell," 28 June 2019 Lanman is a spinal neurosurgeon and clinical professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Debunked: The absurd story about smartphones causing kids to sprout horns," 21 June 2019 Latham found that the spinal condition was common in all the dogs and wolves, even the non-working dogs. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient Dogs Weren’t the Workhorses We Thought They Were," 18 June 2019 In May 2018, she was released and hospitalized after doctors discovered Abby had spinal cancer. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Why Was "Dance Moms" Star Abby Lee Miller In Prison?," 12 June 2019 Add-on services include hot stone foot reflexology, cerebral spinal therapy and temporomandibular joint relief. Lisa Boone, latimes.com, "Four Hours: Shop, dine, chill, repeat at the Row DTLA," 7 June 2019 Her son, Malachi, was born with the most severe form of spinal muscular atrophy. Damian Garde, Scientific American, "Is $2.1 Million Too Much for a Drug? For Affected Parents, There Is No Debate," 4 June 2019 The cancer had surrounded the lining of his brain and prevented the regulation of spinal fluid. Makayla Tendall, ajc, "'See ya later, suckas!': Family writes unique obituary for 5-year-old cancer victim," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At 6 months old, Stevie Browning was diagnosed with type 1 spinal muscular atrophy — the most severe — and was predicted to live between eight months and two years, said his mother, Samantha Angell. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Northwestern students give 'freedom' by retrofitting motorized cars for kids with disabilities," 1 July 2018 The drug, known as AVXS-101, could be approved for Type 1 spinal muscular atrophy by the end of this year, according to Wells Fargo’s Jim Birchenough, whose price target of $171 implies another 34 percent upside for the shares. Bailey Lipschultz, Bloomberg.com, "Biotech Stock Draws Skeptics Even as It Rallies to New Highs," 7 Mar. 2018 The report, published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, identified a major cause of miscarriages, in addition to heart, spinal, kidney and cleft palate problems in newborn babies. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Spread the News: Vitamin B3 in Vegemite Prevents Some Birth Defects," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of spinal

Adjective

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spinal was in 1578

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spinal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of spinal

: of, relating to, or affecting the spine

spinal

adjective
spi·​nal | \ ˈspī-nᵊl How to pronounce spinal (audio) \

Kids Definition of spinal

: of, relating to, or located near the backbone or the spinal cord a spinal injury

spinal

adjective
spi·​nal | \ ˈspīn-ᵊl How to pronounce spinal (audio) \

Medical Definition of spinal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or situated near the spinal column
2a : of, relating to, or affecting the spinal cord spinal reflexes
b : having the spinal cord functionally isolated (as by surgical section) from the brain experiments on spinal animals
c : used for spinal anesthesia a spinal anesthetic
3 : made for or fitted to the spinal column a spinal brace

Other Words from spinal

spinally \ -​ē How to pronounce spinally (audio) \ adverb

spinal

noun

Medical Definition of spinal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a spinal anesthetic

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