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spinal column

noun
1.
the series of vertebrae in a vertebrate animal forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; spine; backbone.
Also called vertebral column.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40
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British Dictionary definitions for spinal-column

spinal column

noun
1.
a series of contiguous or interconnecting bony or cartilaginous segments that surround and protect the spinal cord Also called spine, vertebral column, rachis Nontechnical name backbone
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spinal-column in Medicine

spinal column n.
The series of articulated vertebrae, separated by intervertebral disks and held together by muscles and tendons, that extends from the cranium to the coccyx, encasing the spinal cord and forming the supporting axis of the body. Also called backbone, rachis, spine, vertebral column.

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spinal-column in Science
spinal column
  (spī'nəl)   
See vertebral column.
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