bamboo spine

noun

bam·​boo spine (ˈ)bam-ˈbü- How to pronounce bamboo spine (audio)
: a spinal column in the advanced stage of ankylosing spondylitis especially as observed in an X-ray with ossification of the vertebrae giving the spine an appearance of a stick of bamboo

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“Bamboo spine.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/bamboo%20spine. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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