spinal canal

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

Examples of spinal canal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But few patients get those tests; PET scans are costly and require the injection of a radioactive drug, while spinal taps involve the insertion of a needle into the spinal canal. BostonGlobe.com, "Could a simple eye exam detect signs of Alzheimer’s disease?," 29 Oct. 2019 Jeremy Larkin, who had 346 of Northwestern’s 351 net rushing yards through three games, had to medically retire nine days later because of cervical stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck area. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "‘Certain memories you don’t forget’: 10 reasons 2018 was the wildest season in Northwestern history," 27 Aug. 2019 The dorsal root ganglion is a collection of nerves near the spinal canal that can be stimulated to provide pain relief in certain conditions. Markus Bendel, sun-sentinel.com, "Although uncommon, some people have pain even after knee replacement surgery," 14 Aug. 2019 It’s injected into the spinal canal and helps make more of a protein that controls muscle movement. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "Easton toddler denied $2.1m gene therapy will now get it for free," 12 Aug. 2019 Cervical stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck, according to the Mayo Clinic. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "College football running back forced to retire over neck condition," 25 Sep. 2018 The epidural space, which is the outermost part of the spinal canal, contains spinal nerve roots and loose connective tissue. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Paralyzed Man Walks Again With Surgical Implant," 25 Sep. 2018 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

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1801, in the meaning defined above

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spinal canal

variants: also spinal cavity

Medical 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 : vertebral canal

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