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spinal

adjective spi·nal \ ˈspī-nᵊl \
|Updated on: 5 Jul 2018

Definition of spinal

1 : of, relating to, or situated near the spinal column
2 a : 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

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First Known Use of spinal

1578

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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spinal

noun

Definition of spinal

: a spinal anesthetic

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First Known Use of spinal

1944

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SPINAL Defined for English Language Learners

spinal

Definition of spinal for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or affecting the spine


SPINAL Defined for Kids

spinal

adjective spi·nal \ ˈspī-nᵊl \

Definition of spinal for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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spinal

adjective spi·nal \ ˈspīn-ᵊl \

medical Definition of spinal

1 : of, relating to, or situated near the spinal column
2 a : 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

spinally

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spinal

noun

medical Definition of spinal

: a spinal anesthetic


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