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 In 1917, while working as a volunteer at a hospital for coal miners, Guttmann encountered a patient with a spinal injury and paraplegia. Evelyn Frick, sun-sentinel.com, 25 Aug. 2021 When he was born, Heydorn had part of his trapezius removed after he was diagnosed with cystic hygroma and spinal stenosis, which eventually required more surgery. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, 14 May 2021 But injuries limited him to 19 games the past two years, most notably the revelation that the former Boise State player has always had spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column that makes neck injuries more risky. BostonGlobe.com, 3 May 2021 Vander Esch was born with spinal stenosis, a condition associated with a narrowing of the spine. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 2 May 2021 Prevention also reports that Carrie Ann deals with spinal stenosis, chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic pain. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 27 Apr. 2021 She was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal that can cause pain and numbness, in 2007. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, 26 Apr. 2021 McNeill had entered the NFL despite having spinal stenosis. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 14 Apr. 2021 Edge, who returned last year after missing nine years with spinal stenosis, recently turned heel, leaving Bryan, a late addition to the match, as the unquestioned underdog crowd favorite. Jay Reddick, orlandosentinel.com, 11 Apr. 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, 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

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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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spina interna

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spinal canal

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“Spinal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinal. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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