spinal column


Definition of spinal column

: the axial skeleton of a vertebrate that consists of an articulated series of vertebrae which extend from the neck to the tail and protect the spinal cord

called also backbone, vertebral column

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Synonyms for spinal column


backbone, chine, spine, vertebral column

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Examples of spinal column in a Sentence

a diagram of the spinal column

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In 2003, he was diagnosed with benign tumors in his spinal column. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: As 2020 approaches, popular Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune's political future in limbo," 11 July 2019 Their subject is a 38-year-old Newfoundland man who became a paraplegic after a trampoline accident at the age of 20 injured his spinal column. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "A gruesome case study points to the hazards of stem cell tourism," 10 July 2019 Successful surgery In December 2017, a neurosurgeon opened her spinal column and operated for several hours, freeing the cord. Jon Hamilton, Dallas News, "Austin woman's spinal surgery brings back-breaking $94,000 bill a year later," 20 June 2019 Inside the body, the brain, spinal column, and spleen all serve as reservoirs for the infected prions, which makes them good areas for diagnosis. al.com, "A deadly deer disease is spreading and could infect humans," 14 June 2019 Inside the body, the brain, spinal column, and spleen all serve as reservoirs for the infected prions, which makes them good areas for diagnosis. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A deadly deer disease is spreading. Could it strike people, too?," 14 June 2019 The entire spinal column is lined on either side with very strong erector muscles that support the core. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Your Kid Probably Has "Text Neck" — Here's What You Need to Know," 1 Mar. 2019 The trip sent South Korean astronaut Yi So-yeon to the hospital with injuries to her neck muscles and a bruised spinal column. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Ballistic Reentry: How Astronauts Survive a Failed Launch," 11 Oct. 2018 Doctors also found a potentially fatal heart problem and a collapsed vertebrae in Charlie’s spinal column. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A Mother's Day gift for a struggling baby: loving attention," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of spinal column

1831, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of spinal column

: the articulated series of vertebrae connected by ligaments and separated by more or less elastic intervertebral fibrocartilages that in nearly all vertebrates forms the supporting axis of the body and a protection for the spinal cord and that extends from the hind end of the skull through the median dorsal part of the body to the coccyx or end of the tail

called also backbone, spine, vertebral column

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