spinal cord

Origin of spinal cord

First recorded in 1830–40
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  • The foramen for the passage of the spinal-cord, and the condyles for the articulation of the skull with the neck, lie far back.

  • There are certain "real neuroses" such as paralysis and spinal-cord disease, which involve an organic impairment of nerve-tissue.

    Outwitting Our Nerves

    Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury

  • He pointed out also that nerves have no power in themselves, but merely conduct impulses to and from the brain and spinal-cord.

  • Besides this, the spinal-cord is supported below by a rod-like structure, called the notochord.


British Dictionary definitions for spinal cord

spinal cord

noun
  1. the thick cord of nerve tissue within the spinal canal, which in man gives rise to 31 pairs of spinal nerves, and together with the brain forms the central nervous system
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spinal cord in Medicine

spinal cord

n.
  1. The thick, whitish cord of nerve tissue that extends from the medulla oblongata down through the spinal column and from which the spinal nerves branch off to various parts of the body.spinal marrow
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spinal cord in Science

spinal cord

  1. The long, cordlike part of the central nervous system that is enclosed within the vertebral column (spine) and descends from the base of the brain, with which it is continuous. The spinal cord branches to form the nerves that convey motor and sensory impulses to and from the tissues of the body.
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spinal cord in Culture

spinal cord

The thick column of nerve tissue that extends from the base of the brain about two thirds of the way down the backbone. As part of the central nervous system, the spinal cord carries impulses back and forth between the brain and other parts of the body through a network of nerves that extend out from it like branches.

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