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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But for all the other patients, the CDC has not found a pathogen in their spinal fluid that would indicate a cause, according to the CDC. Josephine Yurcaba, Teen Vogue, "What to Know About AFM, the Polio-Like Illness Spreading Among Kids," 4 Dec. 2018 In early trials, NurOwn was effective at boosting those nerve growth factors in cerebral spinal fluid of patients. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Under “right-to-try” law, therapy may go for $300K—with no proof it will work," 22 June 2018 Rabies attacks the central nervous system, and the virus is primarily found in the saliva, brain tissues and spinal fluid of a rabid animal, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Rabid bat removed from Naperville home," 11 June 2018 Eugenie is now patron of Horatio's Garden, an organization that creates gardens for spinal centers associated with the U.K.'s National Health Service. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Reveals a New Patronage on Instagram, and It's Tied to Her Experience with Scoliosis," 2 May 2019 Declaring an emergency, the flight crew coaxed to plane to an emergency landing at Exmouth, Australia, where 39 people were taken to hospital and 14 were medevaced to Perth with broken bones, lacerations, and spinal injuries. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "4 Times Before the Boeing 737 Max 8 That Plane Automation Software Went Haywire," 18 Mar. 2019 Lewis said Monday that McRae had a concussion but no spinal injury. Joe Kay, The Seattle Times, "Bengals’ Andy Dalton out for season with thumb injury," 27 Nov. 2018 The homicide rate began to climb in 2015, after the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody, the AP reported. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "'Crime went lower' when I played, NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis claims," 4 Aug. 2018 Last year, Medtronic PLC agreed to acquire Mazor Robotics, which makes gear used in spinal surgeries, for $1.6 billion. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Johnson & Johnson to Buy Surgical Robotics Maker," 13 Feb. 2019

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 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 spinally (audio) \ adverb

spinal

noun

Medical Definition of spinal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a spinal anesthetic

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