vertebral column

Pronunciation: (ver-TEE-brul KAH-lum)

The bones, muscles, tendons, and other tissues that reach from the base of the skull to the tailbone. The vertebral column encloses the spinal cord and the fluid surrounding the spinal cord. Also called backbone, spinal column, and spine.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2005-01-24 Date last modified: 2008-11-21