spinal

1 of 2

adjective

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

spinal

2 of 2

noun

: a spinal anesthetic

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The Charlotte, North Carolina station Queen City News published a report saying Robinson died of a severe spinal chord injury. Staff And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2022 Most children accepted into NICA either were deprived of oxygen at birth — sometimes as the result of a constricted umbilical cord — or suffered other brain damage or spinal injury. Carol Marbin Miller, ProPublica, 15 Nov. 2022 After sustaining a spinal injury prior to joining FC Cincinnati, Nelson was relieved just to have a team to play for. The Enquirer, 12 Nov. 2022 Medical staff removed Tua’s facemask, put him on a stretcher and rolled him to an ambulance, which sped him to a hospital, where he was found not to have suffered a spinal injury. The Indianapolis Star, 30 Sep. 2022 Gray died in police custody after suffering severe spinal injuries. Andre Henry, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2022 At the hospital in Novoyavorivsk, doctors could be seen on Sunday afternoon tending to the wounded who remained, calling out to nurses about spinal injuries, damaged ears and trauma to a skull. New York Times, 13 Mar. 2022 She was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a rare neuromuscular disorder that limits her movements and strength. Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2022 Joshua Cooper, 28, lives in Little Falls, New Jersey, and has Type 2 spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic neuromuscular disorder that impacts motor skills. Char Adams, NBC News, 22 Aug. 2022
Noun
She was diagnosed with Type 1 spinal muscular atrophy and spent more than two months in the pediatric intensive care unit at Mass. General. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2019 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, 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, 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, 10 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spinal was in 1578

Dictionary Entries Near spinal

Cite this Entry

“Spinal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinal. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

spinal

adjective

spi·​nal
ˈspīn-ᵊl
1
: of, relating to, or located near the backbone
2
: of, relating to, or affecting the spinal cord

Medical Definition

spinal 1 of 2

adjective

spi·​nal ˈspīn-ᵊl How to pronounce spinal (audio)
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 adverb

spinal

2 of 2

noun

: a spinal anesthetic

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