spinal column

spinal column
noun Date: 1831 the axial skeleton of a vertebrate that consists of an articulated series of vertebrae which extend from the neck to the tail and protect the spinal cord — called also backbone

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Spinal column — Spinal Spi nal, a. [L. spinalis, fr. spina the spine: cf. F. spinal. See {Spine}.] 1. (Anat.) Of, pertaining to, or in the region of, the backbone, or vertebral column; rachidian; vertebral. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to a spine or spines …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spinal column — n the articulated series of vertebrae connected by ligaments and separated by more or less elastic intervertebral fibrocartilages that in nearly all vertebrates forms the supporting axis of the body and a protection for the spinal cord and that… …   Medical dictionary

  • spinal column — spinal columns N COUNT Your spinal column is your spine. Syn: backbone …   English dictionary

  • spinal column — spinal .column n technical your ↑spine …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spinal column — spinal ,column noun count the main bone structure of your SPINE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • spinal column — ► NOUN ▪ the spine …   English terms dictionary

  • spinal column — n. the series of joined vertebrae forming the axial support for the skeleton; spine; backbone: see also SKELETON …   English World dictionary

  • spinal column — noun the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord the fall broke his back • Syn: ↑vertebral column, ↑spine, ↑backbone, ↑back, ↑rachis • Derivationally related forms: ↑spinal …   Useful english dictionary

  • spinal column — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms spinal column : singular spinal column plural spinal columns medical the main bone structure of your spine …   English dictionary

  • spinal column — The bones, muscles, tendons, and other tissues that reach from the base of the skull to the tailbone. The spinal column encloses the spinal cord and the fluid surrounding the spinal cord. Also called spine, backbone, and vertebral column …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • spinal column — the series of vertebrae in a vertebrate animal forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; spine; backbone. Also called vertebral column. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

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