Definition of Intervertebral disc

1. Noun. A fibrocartilaginous disc serving as a cushion between all of the vertebrae of the spinal column (except between the first two).

Exact synonyms: Intervertebral Disk
Group relationships: Back, Backbone, Rachis, Spinal Column, Spine, Vertebral Column
Generic synonyms: Disc, Disk, Saucer

Definition of Intervertebral disc

1. Noun. (anatomy) A disc between the vertebra in the spine. ¹

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Medical Definition of Intervertebral disc

1. The intervertebral discs or nucleus pulposus are a fibro-cartilaginous disc that lie between the vertebral bodies in the spine. These disks are composed of a central gelatinous-like material that provide a cushioning or shock absorbing quality to the spinal column to axial stress. Discs may herniate or rupture, resulting in a condition known as a radiculopathy. (27 Sep 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Intervertebral Disc

interventricular foramen
interventricular grooves
interventricular septum
intervertebral cartilage
intervertebral disc (current term)
intervertebral discs
intervertebral disk
intervertebral disk chemolysis
intervertebral disk displacement
intervertebral foramen
intervertebral ganglion
intervertebral notch
intervertebral symphysis
intervertebral vein

Literary usage of Intervertebral disc

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal of Anatomy and Physiology by Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1891)
"In the human subject the arrangement is similar to that found in other mammals, the persistence being most evident in the intervertebral disc, although it ..."

2. Handbook of Severe Disability: A Text for Rehabilitation Counselors, Other edited by Walter C. Stolov, Michael R. Clowers (2000)
"With aging, the intervertebral disc gradually dehydrates and the collagen fibers of the annulus fibrosis may gradually fray. Pressure within the nucleus ..."

3. The Evolution of Man: A Popular Exposition of the Principal Points of Human by Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel (1879)
"intervertebral disc of new-born child in cross-section: a, remnant of the notochord. (After Koelliker. ..."

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