Definition of Intervertebral disk

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

Medical Definition of Intervertebral disk

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 Disk

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

Literary usage of Intervertebral disk

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

1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"OF THE RIBS WITH THE VERTEBRAE. the head of each rib with the sides of the bodies of two vertebrae and the intervertebral disk between them. ..."

2. Surgery, Its Principles and Practice by William Williams Keen (1907)
"... the anterior surfaces of the vertebrae; 5, newly formed intervertebral disk. ... vertical section through the bodies and intervertebral disk of two ad- ..."

3. The Journal of Medical Research by American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists (1904)
"8 includes the parts of the two vertebrae separated by intervertebral disk. The upper one is tongue- shaped and shows along its upper border a distinct ..."

4. A Text-book of diseases of women by Barton Cooke Hirst (1905)
"In these cases the intervertebral disk of the injured joint is thickened and ... There may be a softening and a hypertrophy of the intervertebral disk of ..."

5. Practical Anatomy: An Exposition of the Facts of Gross Anatomy from the by John Clement Heisler (1920)
"230), when it is seen to connect the crest between the two articular facets on the head of the rib with the intervertebral disk. It divides the joint into ..."

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