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spine

 [spīn]
1. a thornlike process or projection; called also acantha and spina.
2. the rigid bony structure in the midline of the back, composed of the vertebrae; called also backbone, spinal column, and vertebral column.



The spinal column is the axis of the skeleton; the skull and limbs are in a sense appendages. The vertebrae also provide the protective bony corridor (spinal canal) through which the spinal cord passes; they can move to a certain extent and so give flexibility to the spine, allowing it to bend forward, sideways and, to a lesser extent, backward. In the areas of the neck and lower back, the spine also can pivot, which permits the turning of the head and torso.

There are usually 24 movable vertebrae and nine that are fused together. The topmost are the seven cervical vertebrae, which form the back of the neck, supporting the skull. The head turns from side to side by means of a pivotal motion between the two highest vertebrae. Below these are the 12 thoracic vertebrae, the supports on which the ribs are hinged, and then the five lumbar vertebrae, the largest movable vertebrae (the cervical are the smallest). Below the lumbar vertebrae, the spine terminates with two groups of vertebrae fused into single bones: the sacrum, composed of five vertebrae, and the coccyx, composed of four vertebrae. Viewed from the side of the body, the spine has the shape of a gentle double S curve.
Malformations of the Spine. Of the various types of spinal malformations, some are congenital and others the result of postural defects or injuries. spina bifida is congenital. kyphosis may occasionally be congenital but is more often caused by one of the diseases that attack the structure of the bones. The most common of these is pott's disease, or tuberculosis affecting the vertebrae and soft tissues of the spine. Another is osteitis deformans, a type of bone inflammation in which parts of the bone are replaced by softer tissue. scoliosis is a curvature of the spine toward one side.
cervical spine that portion of the spine comprising the cervical vertebrae.
lumbar spine that portion of the spine comprising the lumbar vertebrae.
thoracic spine that part of the spine comprising the thoracic vertebrae.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

spine

(spīn), [TA]
1. A short, sharp, thornlike process of bone; a spinous process. Synonym(s): spina [TA]
2. Synonym(s): vertebral column
[L. spina]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

spine

(spīn)
n.
1. The spinal column of a vertebrate.
2. Zoology Any of various pointed projections, processes, or appendages of animals.
3. Botany
a. A strong, sharp-pointed outgrowth derived from a leaf or leaf part.
b. Any of various similar sharp structures, such as a thorn.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Spine

A failed UK-wide infrastructure initiative developed by the National Programme for IT, which was meant to allow NHS workers to securely access patient information from any place in the country. It was to form the basis for the Integrated Care Record Service, the nationally networked version of local electronic patient records. It consisted of applications holding care-record data, security applications to restrict access to accredited users and a messaging service, providing interfaces between Spine data and other services, such as Choose and Book, GP2GP and the Electronic Prescription Service. It had a central pool of administrative (NHS number, date of birth, name and address), and was to have summary clinical data (allergies, adverse drug reactions and major treatments).

The Spine was meant to provide
• Personal Demographics Service
• Spine Directory Service
• Electronic Prescription Service
• Summary Care Record
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

spine

Vox populi Vertebral column, see there. See Kissing spine, Spear tackler's spine.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

spine

(spīn) [TA]
1. A short, sharp, thornlike process of bone; a spinous process.
2. Synonym(s): vertebral column.
3. The bar or stay in a horse's hoof.
[L. spina]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

spine

See VERTEBRAL COLUMN.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

spine

any sharp pointed structure.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

Spine

A term for the backbone that includes the vertebrae, disks, and spinal cord as a whole.
Mentioned in: Cervical Spondylosis
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

spine

(spīn) [TA]
A short, sharp, thornlike process of bone; a spinous process.
[L. spina]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about spine

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!

A. Thank you for the answer and the prayers!

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?

A. Haven't experienced it myself, but here (http://www.spine-health.com/forum/treatments/back-surgery-and-neck-surgery) you may find a discussion about it.

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