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

Examples of spinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Ayah was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease found in one in 10,000 children born worldwide. Faith Karimi, CNN, "She's 14 months old and needs a drug that costs $2.1 million to save her life," 31 Mar. 2021 Elias, now a veteran advocate, suffered spinal injuries while in the Army in the mid-2000s, leading to a lifelong battle with arthritis. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, "FDA advisory committees will begin hearings on drug aimed at osteoarthritis pain," 24 Mar. 2021 Doctors began shipping vials of spinal fluid to Atlanta overnight packed in dry ice. Jason Dearen, Star Tribune, "EXCERPT: 'Kill Shot' probes shadow industry, deadly disease," 23 Feb. 2021 After visiting India to volunteer at a partnering animal shelter in December of 2019, Trail had set her sights on adopting Pihu after learning that she had been struck by a vehicle and suffered spinal injuries as a puppy. Penelope Blackwell, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Union Bridge animal rescue volunteer adopts double amputee dog, writes children’s book teaching acceptance," 26 Dec. 2020 Shriner’s moved to its current location in the Texas Medical Center in 1996 and cares for children with acute burns, orthopedic conditions, spinal injuries, and cleft lip and palate abnormalities at its Houston-area locations. Laura Furr Mericas, Chron, "9 legendary Houston businesses we'll miss," 21 Nov. 2020 Taylor died Monday afternoon from complications from spinal injuries following a car accident in the South Bay last year, friends said. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Barbara Taylor, fixture of S.F. political journalism, dies," 27 Oct. 2020 Another passenger injured in the crash, Madeleine Garza of Maple Valley, Washington, was awarded a $4.5 million settlement after receiving spinal injuries during the same derailment. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Survivor of Washington Amtrak derailment reaches settlement," 9 Oct. 2020 The Boston spinal surgery fellow with a knack for making viral cover song videos is back with a new collection: an EP for American Heart Month. Diti Kohli, BostonGlobe.com, "Social media-famous Beth Israel doctor releases cover album on heart health," 1 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: 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, "The world’s most expensive medicine could save toddlers’ lives. But getting it is complicated," 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, "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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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 spinal (audio) \ adverb

spinal

noun

Medical Definition of spinal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a spinal anesthetic

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