spinous

[ spahy-nuh s ]
/ ˈspaɪ nəs /

adjective

covered with or having spines; thorny, as a plant.
armed with or bearing sharp-pointed processes, as an animal.

Nearby words

  1. spinor,
  2. spinose,
  3. spinosely,
  4. spinosity,
  5. spinothalamic tract,
  6. spinous layer,
  7. spinous process,
  8. spinoza,
  9. spinoza, baruch,
  10. spinoza, benedict

Origin of spinous

1630–40; < Latin spīnōsus; see spine, -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for spinous

spinous

/ (ˈspaɪnəs) /

adjective biology

resembling a spine or thornthe spinous process of a bone
having spines or spiny projections
another word for spinose
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Medicine definitions for spinous

spinous

[ spīnəs ]

adj.

Relating to, shaped like, or having a spine or spines.

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