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

Examples of spinal canal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 In recent years, James said, DeSalvo developed a worsening case of spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal. John Pope, NOLA.com, 30 Dec. 2020 In 1992, he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal that can cause numbness and muscle weakness. Jeré Longman, New York Times, 26 Nov. 2020 Fortunately, Irvin suffered no paralysis, but a subsequent diagnosis of cervical spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) led to his decision to retire from the NFL. Dallas News, 12 Oct. 2020 The cage stops bone from growing in the spinal canal and damaging nerves. Joe Carlson, Star Tribune, 29 Sep. 2020 According to the Mayo Clinic website, in Chiari malformation, the brain tissue extends into the spinal canal. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Aug. 2020 She was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation, a condition where the brain tissue extends into the spinal canal. Christina Oehler, Health.com, 10 Dec. 2019 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, 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of spinal canal

1801, in the meaning defined above

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“Spinal canal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinal%20canal. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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spinal canal

noun
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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