Definition of Spinal column

1. Noun. The series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord. "The fall broke his back"

Exact synonyms: Back, Backbone, Rachis, Spine, Vertebral Column
Specialized synonyms: Notochord, Chine
Terms within: Canalis Vertebralis, Spinal Canal, Vertebral Canal, Coccyx, Tail Bone, Vertebra, Intervertebral Disc, Intervertebral Disk
Generic synonyms: Skeletal Structure
Group relationships: Axial Skeleton
Derivative terms: Spinal

Definition of Spinal column

1. Noun. (anatomy) The series of vertebrae, separated by disks, that extends from the cranium to the coccyx, which encloses and protects the spinal cord. ¹

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Medical Definition of Spinal column

1. The series of vertebrae that extend from the cranium to the coccyx, providing support and forming a flexible bony case for the spinal cord. Synonym: columna vertebralis, backbone, dorsal spine, rachis, spina dorsalis, spina, spina, spinal column, spine, vertebrarium. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spinal Column

spinal accessory
spinal accessory nerve
spinal anaesthesia
spinal anaesthetic
spinal analgesia
spinal anesthesia
spinal anesthetic
spinal apoplexy
spinal arteries
spinal ataxia
spinal block
spinal board
spinal canal
spinal chord
spinal column (current term)
spinal columns
spinal concussion
spinal cord
spinal cord compression
spinal cord concussion
spinal cord injuries
spinal cord injury
spinal cord neoplasms
spinal cord tumour
spinal cords
spinal curvature
spinal curvatures
spinal decompression
spinal dysraphism

Literary usage of Spinal column

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

1. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1901)
"Case I. Contusion of the spinal column, spondylitis traumatica. mild transverse disease of the mid- dorsal region of the cord. ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The knee, shoulder, elbow or hip is generally affected, but the vertebras may be, the entire spinal column becoming rigid. Motion of affected joints often ..."

3. The Medical Times and Gazette (1861)
"Mechanism of Motion in the spinal column and the Essential Difference between its Flexibility and the Free Motion allowed in the Moveable Articulations of ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1883)
"... to sutler injury in railway collisions, no matter how trivial they may be, and even though no damage has been inflicted on or near the spinal column. ..."

5. The Civil War in Song and Story, 1860-1865 by Frank Moore (1889)
"A hall struck him on the neck, completely severing his head from his body, and leaving his spinal column standing. His body rolled to the ground, ..."

6. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1910)
"THE VERTEBRAL OR spinal column, OR THE SPINE (COLUMNA VERTEBRALIS). The vertebral column is a flexuous and flexible column formed of a series of bones ..."

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