spinal canal

noun
variants: or less commonly spinal cavity

Definition of spinal canal 

: a canal in the spinal column through which the spinal cord passes and is delimited dorsally by the arches on the dorsal side of the vertebrae

called also vertebral canal

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The tests revealed the cause of Barker’s pain: A large tumor, roughly the size and shape of a small cocktail frank, was lodged inside her spinal canal. Sandra G. Boodman, Washington Post, "At night she suffered through searing pain, by morning it mysteriously vanished," 26 May 2018 Like Spinraza, the medicine would be injected into the spinal canal periodically, and, scientists hope, provide long-lasting benefits. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "Startup seeks answers to insidious form of epilepsy," 16 May 2018 The bottom of the cerebellum extended nine millimeters into the spinal canal. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, "Why Was Her Vision Jerky and Blurry if There Was Nothing Wrong With Her Eyes?," 1 May 2018 The symptoms, for those who get them, are caused by compression of the brain tissue and nerves into the small space of the spinal canal. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, "Why Was Her Vision Jerky and Blurry if There Was Nothing Wrong With Her Eyes?," 1 May 2018 Eventually, the procedure became more common, especially for a form of spina bifida in which a baby’s spinal cord and spinal canal don’t close during development, leading to nerve damage and other problems. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, "A tumor growing on her baby’s heart forced this pregnant mom to make a terrifying choice," 29 Apr. 2018 Eventually, the procedure became more common, especially for a form of spina bifida in which a baby's spinal cord and spinal canal don't close during development, leading to nerve damage and other problems. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Some people do better exercising at a low-intensity pace," 29 Apr. 2018 The exit point is down the spinal canal, where the brain stem is, and that can be fatal. Avrahom Gurwitz, Philly.com, "Concussions are a problem in spring sports, too, pediatrician advises," 27 Mar. 2018 The procedure enlarges the passageway where the spinal nerve exits the spinal canal. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Wolfe feels 'so much better' after neck surgery," 15 Feb. 2018

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1801, in the meaning defined above

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