spinal cord

spinal cord
noun Date: 1834 the cord of nervous tissue that extends from the brain lengthwise along the back in the vertebral canal, gives off the pairs of spinal nerves, carries impulses to and from the brain, and serves as a center for initiating and coordinating many reflex acts — see brain illustration

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  • spinal cord — spinal cords N COUNT Your spinal cord is a thick cord of nerves inside your spine which connects your brain to nerves in all parts of your body …   English dictionary

  • spinal cord — n. the thick cord of nerve tissue of the central nervous system, extending down the spinal canal from the medulla oblongata …   English World dictionary

  • spinal cord — n the thick string of nerves enclosed in your ↑spine, by which messages are sent to and from your brain …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spinal cord — noun count the inner part of your SPINE that contains nerves going from your brain to the other parts of your body …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • spinal cord — the cord of nerve tissue extending through the spinal canal of the spinal column. [1830 40] * * * In vertebrates, the body s major nerve tract. In humans it is about 18 in. (45 cm) long, running from the base of the brain through the vertebral… …   Universalium

  • Spinal cord — The major column of nerve tissue that is connected to the brain, lies within the vertebral canal, and from which the spinal nerves emerge. The spinal cord and the brain constitute the central nervous system (CNS). The spinal cord consists of… …   Medical dictionary

  • spinal cord — noun a major part of the central nervous system which conducts sensory and motor nerve impulses to and from the brain; a long tubelike structure extending from the base of the brain through the vertebral canal to the upper lumbar region • Syn:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • spinal cord — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms spinal cord : singular spinal cord plural spinal cords medical the inner part of your spine that contains nerves going from your brain to the other parts of your body …   English dictionary

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