spine

[ spahyn ]
/ spaɪn /

noun

Origin of spine

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin spīna thorn, backbone

Related forms

spined, adjectivespine·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spine

spine

/ (spaɪn) /

noun


Derived Forms

spined, adjective

Word Origin for spine

C14: from Old French espine spine, from Latin spīna thorn, backbone
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Medicine definitions for spine

spine

[ spīn ]

n.

spinal column
Any of various short pointed projections, processes, or appendages of bone.

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Science definitions for spine

spine

[ spīn ]

See vertebral column.
Any of various pointed projections, processes, or appendages of animals.
A sharp-pointed projection on a plant, especially a hard, narrow modified leaf, as on a cactus, that is adapted to reduce water loss. Compare thorn. See more at leaf.

Related forms

spinal adjective
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