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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Examples of spinal column in a Sentence

a diagram of the spinal column
Recent Examples on the Web Alternatively, the animal can be quartered, deboned or otherwise processed, with the head and spinal column properly disposed of in the CWD zone of the kill. Star Tribune, "Safety should be top priority when deer hunting," 5 Nov. 2020 The severity was compounded because of congenital spinal stenosis, a condition that involves the narrowing of the spinal column. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch fractures collarbone; TE Blake Jarwin, OL Cam Erving exit with knee injuries," 14 Sep. 2020 If the eggs travel to your brain or spinal column, seizures, paralysis, and spinal-cord inflammation are possible. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "The 10 Deadliest Animals on Earth," 5 Aug. 2020 The rest are known as invertebrates — animals that lack vertebrae or a spinal column. Jason Bittel, Washington Post, "Celebrate your skeleton this Halloween," 20 Oct. 2019 These amphibious worms slither and burrow underground like regular old worms, but are in fact vertebrates with spinal columns! Jessica Boddy, Popular Science, "Welcome to Earth, home to human-sized salamanders and skin-eating worms," 22 Apr. 2020 The cluster is currently below her brain stem near her spinal column. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Holy Cross volleyball senior overcomes rare condition to get DI scholarship to NKU," 5 Apr. 2020 Researchers told them the folds of Evan's brain and top of his spinal column were dotted with the plaque tau — abnormal accumulations of protein that collect inside neurons. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Wabash football player searched CTE on laptop then took his own life," 13 Feb. 2020 The secret, Mathew believes, is to separate the brain and the spinal column in one piece that will be introduced into a new body. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Head Transplants Could Definitely Maybe Happen Next Decade," 24 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of spinal column

1831, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2020

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“Spinal column.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinal%20column. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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