Definition of spinal in English:

spinal

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Pronunciation: /ˈspʌɪn(ə)l
 
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adjective

  • 1Relating to the spine: spinal injuries
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    • The mechanism of most spinal cord injuries is spinal fracture or dislocation.
    • Those that have entered the water from a height may also have intra-abdominal, thoracic, and spinal injuries.
    • No spinal injury or related neurological deficit was ever detected in this patient, either before or after death.
  • 1.1Relating to or forming the central axis or backbone of something: the building of a new spinal road
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    • In both you lie prone in the water and rotate the hips around the spinal or long axis while stroking with an alternating arm pattern.
    • They tended to congregate along the spinal road that led north from Addis where they thought relief would get to them.
    • This would be impossible if each spinal segment were locked into a single axis of motion.

Derivatives

spinally

adverb
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  • It is when the colours and flags of nations come to the forefront and every single jot, every iota, of psychological advantage is deemed spinally crucial and brought to bear on proceedings.
  • Tramadol has a dual mechanism of action: it acts centrally at [micro] opioid receptors and acts spinally, inhibiting the reuptake of monoamines (serotonin and norepinephrine).
  • An anti-cancer drug, which must be administered intravenously, but on more than 30 occasions in several countries, has been administered intrathecally, spinally.

Origin

late 16th century: from late Latin spinalis, from Latin spina (see spine).

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