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noun
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
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British Dictionary definitions for spinal column

spinal column

noun
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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Scientific definitions for spinal column

spinal column
[ spīnəl ]

See vertebral column.
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