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an anatomical part or other structure that resembles a pillar.
anal c's vertical folds of mucous membrane at the upper half of the anal canal; called also rectal columns.
anterior column the anterior portion of the gray substance of the spinal cord, in transverse section seen as a horn.
gray column the longitudinally oriented parts of the spinal cord in which the nerve cell bodies are found, comprising the gray matter of the spinal cord.
lateral column the lateral portion of the gray substance of the spinal cord, in transverse section seen as a horn; present only in the thoracic and upper lumbar regions.
posterior column the posterior portion of the gray substance of the spinal cord, in transverse section seen as a horn.
rectal c's anal columns.
spinal column (vertebral column) spine (def. 2).
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ver·te·bral col·umn

the series of vertebrae that extend from the cranium to the coccyx, providing support and forming a flexible bony case for the spinal cord.
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vertebral column

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ver·te·bral col·umn

(vĕr'tĕ-brăl kol'ŭm) [TA]
The series of vertebrae that extend from the cranium to the coccyx, providing support and forming a flexible bony case for the spinal cord.
Synonym(s): columna vertebralis [TA] , backbone, rachis, spina, spinal column, spine (2) .
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vertebral column

The portion of the axial skeleton consisting of vertebrae (7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, the sacrum, and the coccyx) joined together by intervertebral disks and fibrous tissue. It forms the main supporting axis of the body, encloses and protects the spinal cord, and attaches the appendicular skeleton and muscles for moving the various body parts.
Synonym: spinal column See: illustration
See also: column
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vertebral column

The bony spine. A curved column of bones, called vertebrae, of the same general shape but increasing progressively in size from the top of the column to the bottom. Each vertebra has a stout, roughly circular body behind which is an arch that encloses an opening to accommodate the spinal cord. The arch bears bony protuberances on either side and at the back and facets for articulation with the vertebrae above and below. The vertebral bodies are fixed together by cushioning intervertebral discs and strong longitudinal ligaments. There are 7 neck vertebrae, 12 in the back and 5 in the lumbar region. The 5th lumbar vertebra sits on top of the sacrum, which is formed from the fusion of five vertebrae. The coccyx, hanging from the lower tip of the sacrum, is the fused remnant of the tail.
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Vertebral column

The vertebral column, also called the spinal column or spine, consists of a series of vertebrae connected by ligaments. It provides a supporting axis for the body and protects the spinal cord. The vertebral column consists of seven cervical vertebrae in the neck, followed by 12 thoracic vertebrae that connect to the ribs, five lumbar vertebrae in the lower back, the sacrum, and the coccyx.
Mentioned in: Coccyx Injuries
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Q. Anyone have knowledge of cancer in the spine? Doctors think my 40 year old brother has. My brother has been undergoing test and treatnment for back problems since a vehicle accident in August. The did a test last week and Monday said they saw 4 nodules they think are cancer, his doctor said everytime he had seen this it was cancer. I am devestated right now but trying to stay positive. I am sure you will notice it on the site b/c I know it is affecting me and the stress and worry has the fibromyalgia kicking in at full speed:-( PLEASE anything you can tell me would be a help!

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Q. I have hurt my cervical spine and shoulder in a rear end car crash in July. Why does it still hurt?

A. Spine and back injuries are known to to be causing a lot of pain and discomfort and for a long period of time. You should try and do some mellow exercise and physiotherapy that might help you a lot. If the pain is unbarable, you should consult your doctor about using pain medications.

Q. Has anyone had a spine fusion that failed? Or hardware that failed?

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Threespine stickleback typically possess three dorsal spines, two of which are large and serve as major defense structures against predators (Reimchen, 1994).
Dorsal spine is the most common area involved in spinal TB.
7F (arrows indicate the ventral spines and arrowheads indicate the dorsal spines).
Origin of first dorsal fin slightly posterior to pelvic-fin base, the predorsal length 2.8 (2.8-2.9) in SL; first three dorsal spines subequal, the longest, 2.4 (2.45-3.65) in SL; spine of second dorsal fin 2.4 (2.45-2.85) in head length; longest dorsal soft ray 3.6 (4.5-5.6) in SL; origin of anal fin below first soft ray of second dorsal fin, the preanal length 1.75 (1.7-1.75) in SL; anal spine of holotype broken, the length of paratypes 2.6-3.2 in head length; longest anal soft ray 3.65 (3.85-5.4) in SL; caudal fin rhomboid, 3.2 (2.6-3.5) in SL; pectoral rays pointed, the tenth ray longest, 3.5 (3.4-3.6) in SL; prepelvic length 3.25 (3.25-3.4) in SL; fifth pelvic soft ray longest, 4.15 (4.05-4.4) in SL; pelvic frenum extending nearly to tip of pelvic spines.
Morphological component Wilks' [Lambda] F(*) P(**) Lateral spine, segment IX 0.741 2.617 0.053 Lateral spine, segment VIII 0.722 2.888 0.043 Dorsal spine, segment VI 0.880 1.024 0.191 Dorsal spine, segment V 0.776 2.169 0.074 Dorsal spine, segment IV 0.929 0.572 0.288 * Rao's F, df = 2, 15.
Despite the cephalic angle, the shoulders are well clear of the dorsal spine.
Male palp yellowish with dark brown tinges on tegulum; cymbium longer than wide, apically long with two spines - one on apical and one on basal segment; embolus long, coiled; conductor curved and tube like; tibial apophysis blunt, not curved; femur with two short apicodorsal and two long dorsal spines; patella with two mid dorsal spines, one long reaching 1/3 length of cymbium; tibia with two long dorsal spines.
Dorsal margin of opercular flap extends at posteroventral 18-20[degrees] angle with body midline, posterior margin of opercular flap straight, sloping at 65[degrees] anteroventral angle to body midline, curving anteriorly near ventral extreme; opercular spines 2, both weakly protruding from skin, dorsal spine slightly stronger than ventral spine; preopercular spines 5, dorsal 4 spines moderately developed, fifth spine small and weak.
(Graph 2) Most commonly involved region of dorsal spine is D6-D7, followed by D9-D10 (Graph 3) Average operative time was 2 hrs.
The following measurements were taken: Tl, total length; Stdl, standard length; Hl, length of head; Sl, length of snout; Ml, length of the maxillary; Ed, anteposterior eye diameter; Id, interorbital distance; L1stds, length of the 1st dorsal spine; L3rd as, length of the 3rd anal spine; Ldr, longest dorsal ray; Lar, longest anal ray; Bw, maximum body width; Bthick, maximum body thickness; Pal, preanal distance; Ppl, prepelvic distance; Pdl, predorsal distance; Lpel, length of pelvic fin (right fin); Lpec, length of pectoral fins (right fin); Lc length of caudal fin.
It is unknown how many annuli may be obscured by the lumen of the dorsal spine in largemouth bass, since otoliths were not available for this study.
Spinal formulae: Male and female: femur I with one dorsal, one prolateral spine; femur II and III with one dorsal spine. Patella I-IV with one dorsal spine.