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vertebral column

Origin of vertebral column
1815-25 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for vertebral-column

vertebral column

another name for spinal column
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vertebral-column in Medicine

vertebral column n.
See spinal column.

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vertebral-column in Science
vertebral column

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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