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spinal

[spahyn-l] /ˈspaɪn l/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or belonging to a spine or thornlike structure, especially to the backbone.
noun
2.
Medicine/Medical. a spinal anesthetic.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Late Latin spīnālis, equivalent to Latin spīn(a) spina + -ālis -al1
Related forms
spinally, adverb
interspinal, adjective
nonspinal, adjective
prespinal, adjective
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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

spinal

/ˈspaɪnəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the spine or the spinal cord
2.
denoting a laboratory animal in which the spinal cord has been severed: a spinal rat
noun
3.
short for spinal anaesthesia
Derived Forms
spinally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for spinal
adj.

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

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spinal in Medicine

spinal spi·nal (spī'nəl)
adj.

  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
spine
  (spīn)   
  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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