the series of vertebrae in a vertebrate animal forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; spine; backbone.
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Also called vertebral column.
Origin of spinal column
First recorded in 1830–40
Words nearby spinal column
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British Dictionary definitions for spinal column
a series of contiguous or interconnecting bony or cartilaginous segments that surround and protect the spinal cordAlso called: spine, vertebral column, rachis Nontechnical name: backbone
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Medical definitions for spinal column
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.backbone rachis spine vertebral column
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Scientific definitions for spinal column
[ spī′nəl ]
See vertebral column.
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