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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.
Origin of spinal column
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for spinal column
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  • Balta said, and Murray felt the muzzle of the neuro-pistol on his spinal column.

    The Martian Cabal Roman Frederick Starzl
  • The bullet, after traversing the left lung, lodged in the spinal column.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
  • How much greater the shock, then, to feel it descending one's spinal column?

    Fibble, D. D. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • Wallis can have orders to shoot him or something if he touches your spinal column.

    The Rose Garden Husband Margaret Widdemer
  • Next we exercise the muscles which support the spinal column.

  • The human skull is a true dome, and the spinal column a true pillar.

    The Other Side of Evolution Alexander Patterson
  • Gadsby was happy; for, wasn't this a tonic for his spinal column?


    Ernest Vincent Wright
  • The skeleton of the hand is one-fifth of the length of the spinal column.

  • My spinal column stiffens, and my fingers twitch to be at my visor.

    Captain Macklin Richard Harding Davis
  • Her spinal column was divided up to the third lumbar vertebra.

British Dictionary definitions for spinal column

spinal column

a series of contiguous or interconnecting bony or cartilaginous segments that surround and protect the spinal cord Also called spine, vertebral column, rachis Nontechnical name backbone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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spinal column in Medicine

spinal column n.
The series of articulated vertebrae, separated by intervertebral disks and held together by muscles and tendons, that extends from the cranium to the coccyx, encasing the spinal cord and forming the supporting axis of the body. Also called backbone, rachis, spine, vertebral column.

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spinal column in Science
spinal column
See vertebral column.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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