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[spahyn-l] /ˈspaɪn l/
of, relating to, or belonging to a spine or thornlike structure, especially to the backbone.
Medicine/Medical. a spinal anesthetic.
Origin of spinal
1570-80; < Late Latin spīnālis, equivalent to Latin spīn(a) spina + -ālis -al1
Related forms
spinally, adverb
interspinal, adjective
nonspinal, adjective
prespinal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for spinal
  • Not so long ago, a spinal cord injury meant life in a wheelchair with little chance for improvement.
  • Other studies have also shown that stem cells can heal spinal damage.
  • The goal is to help those who have lost muscle movement because of spinal cord injuries.
  • Most of her tiny ribs were positioned, as in life, along a sinuous spinal column.
  • Similar studies have suggested stem cells' potential for conditions such as diabetes and spinal cord injury.
  • All of her tiny ribs were positioned, as in life, along a sinuous spinal column.
  • Welsh's spinal cord escaped damage, and doctors decided to let the wound heal without surgery.
  • Consisting of both grey and white matter, the cerebellum transmits information to the spinal cord and other parts of the brain.
  • Suffering from a spinal cord injury, he decides to give the horse a cortisone shot.
  • Selection pressure for this efficient style of locomotion favored longer and more flexible spinal columns.
British Dictionary definitions for spinal


of or relating to the spine or the spinal cord
denoting a laboratory animal in which the spinal cord has been severed: a spinal rat
short for spinal anaesthesia
Derived Forms
spinally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for spinal

1570s, from Late Latin spinalis, from spina (see spine).

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spinal in Medicine

spinal spi·nal (spī'nəl)

  1. Relating to or situated near the spinal column or spinal cord.

  2. Relating to any spine or spinous process.

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spinal in Science
  1. See vertebral column.

  2. Any of various pointed projections, processes, or appendages of animals.

  3. 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.

spinal adjective
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