spinal

adjective
spi·​nal | \ ˈspī-nᵊl \

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

And Jake, aged 12, who was told he couldn't audition for theater roles because of his spinal muscular atrophy. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Had an Emotional Day Meeting Kids With Serious Health Needs," 4 Sep. 2018 For starters, this move targets many major muscles at once, including the glutes, hamstrings, quads, spinal erectors (muscles that line the spine), core, and upper back, says Borden. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How to Strengthen Your Core and Lower Body With Box Squats Like Rumer Willis," 24 Jan. 2019 Various health conditions can cause retrograde ejaculation, including diabetes, spinal injuries, medications, and surgery of the bladder, prostate, or urethra. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Can Men Cause Fertility Issues?," 1 Oct. 2018 The team has to be inspired by the recovery of star linebacker Ryan Shazier following spinal surgery after he was temporarily paralyzed because of a hit in Week 13. Jim Owczarski, USA TODAY, "Steelers training camp questions: Can Pittsburgh push for AFC crown?," 9 July 2018 After my dad injured his back at work, requiring spinal surgery, the long battle with his weight ended in unconditional surrender. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "Will my genes doom my young daughter to a weight problem?," 31 Jan. 2018 According to the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists, all women who are thinking about becoming pregnant or who are already pregnant are offered carrier screening for cystic fibrosis, hemoglobinopathies, and spinal muscular atrophy. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "I'm Having Trouble Getting Pregnant—Should I Undergo Genetic Testing?," 1 Oct. 2018 All that pressure makes the surrounding muscles, ligaments, and spinal discs vulnerable to injuries. Holly Lebowitz Rossi, Good Housekeeping, "What to Do Right After You Throw Out Your Back," 26 July 2018 The injuries started piling up almost immediately after the ride opened: whiplash, concussions, broken toes, lacerations, slipped spinal disks and fractures, according to park records detailed in the indictment. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "Schlitterbahn co-owner plagued with financial, legal troubles before murder charge in boy’s death," 31 Mar. 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 \

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 \

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 \ adverb

spinal

noun

Medical Definition of spinal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a spinal anesthetic

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