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vertebral column

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noun
  1. spinal column.
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Origin of vertebral column

First recorded in 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for vertebral column

vertebral column

noun
  1. another name for spinal column
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vertebral column in Medicine

vertebral column

n.
  1. spinal column
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vertebral column in Science

vertebral column

[vûrtə-brəl]
  1. The series of vertebrae extending from the base of the skull to the tip of the tail that forms the supporting axis of the body in vertebrate animals. In humans and tailless apes, the vertebral column ends with the coccyx (tailbone). It encloses and protects the spinal cord and provides a stable attachment for the muscles of the trunk. Also called backbone spinal column, spine
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