spon·​dyl | \ ˈspändᵊl \
variants: or spondyle \ -​nˌdīl \
plural -s

Definition of spondyl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 obsolete : vertebra
variants: or spondylo-

Definition of spondyl- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : vertebra spondylalgia spondylotomy
2 : whorl Spondylomorum

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History and Etymology for spondyl


Middle English spondyle, from Middle French, from Latin spondylus, from Greek sphondylos, spondylos vertebra, whorl of a spindle, muscle of a bivalve, a kind of mussel; akin to Greek sphendonē sling, sphadazein to jerk, be restless, Sanskrit spandate he quivers, Middle High German spat spavin

Combining form

Greek spondylos spondyl, whorl

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“Spondyl.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spondyl. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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