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spinal cord

Her spinal cord was partly severed, so that she is now paralyzed below the waist.
  nerve cells running from the base of the skull to the lower back and enclosed by vertebrae in adults
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  • Her spinal cord was partly severed, so that she is now paralyzed below the waist.
  • The line showed clearly on the top of his brown head and back where the brain joined the spinal cord and the old man drove the knife on the oar into the juncture,
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • Five people had emerged from the darkness of the Berg, dressed in outfits that sent a chill racing down Mark’s spinal cord.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • The bullet had shattered her spinal cord.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea

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  • "They haven’t worked out how to fix a spinal cord yet."
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Imagine someone reaching straight into your chest, past the bones and blood and guts, and taking a nice firm hold on your spinal cord.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • There was a tumor attached to his spinal cord, and soon it would send cancer up and down the nerve corridor, to his brain, to his feet, everywhere.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Connecting us together, Jeremy’s body and me, was a spinal cord, blood vessels, nerve endings, and this swollen scar right in the middle of my neck about halfway between my clavicle and my chin.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • The medical team’s main concerns—damage to my spinal cord, airway, veins, and arteries—have been allayed.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • There was a noise of organic crunching as windpipe and spinal cord were crushed.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi

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  • She ran the back of her hand along the first shelf, listening to the shuffle of her fingernails gliding across the spinal cord of each book.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • A fraction of an inch lower, and it would have cut through his neck, spinal cord, or carotid arteries; a few inches higher, and it might have entered his brain.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Now, of course, this canal is filled with much the same strangely fibrous substance—the spinal cord—as the brain; and directly communicates with the brain.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Yet it was still the remnant of Halley’s melody that gave it form; it was the melody that supported it like a spinal cord.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • They had been behind German lines before many times- living like woods creatures, living from moment to moment in useful terror, thinking brainlessly with their spinal cords.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Grunting with effort, Hussain sawed through the spinal cord, and Twaha held the head aloft by its horns.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Therefore we cannot know at this moment the condition of the spinal cord itself.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Once the spinal cord is severed, there is no hope.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • …a woman’s, his nose was undamaged, there was a slight tear at the lobe of one ear, his clean black hair was swept upward into a cowlick at the rear of the skull, his forehead was lightly freckled, his fingernails were clean, the skin at his left cheek was peeled back in three ragged strips, his right cheek was smooth and hairless, there was a butterfly on his chin, his neck was open to the spinal cord and the blood there was thick and shiny and it was this wound that had killed him.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • The first bullet drilled into his jawbone, the second sliced through his neck and his spinal cord.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • The farmer pointed to the area at the back of the neck where the brain is connected to the spinal cord.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • I saw a metallic spinal cord, connected to two metal legs, walking around.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • Paralysis only happens if the spinal cord — a long nerve running down the middle of the neck — breaks.
    Darren Shan  --  A Living Nightmare
  • It preserves the organs, but there won’t be any brain function once that spinal cord is severed and hypoxia sets in, no matter how much oxygen you pump into his system.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The distinguished scientist Herr Professor Luitpold Blumenduft tendered medical evidence to the effect that the instantaneous fracture of the cervical vertebrae and consequent scission of the spinal cord would, according to the best approved tradition of medical science, be calculated to inevitably produce in the human subject a violent ganglionic stimulus of the nerve centres of the genital apparatus, thereby causing the elastic pores of the corpora cavernosa to rapidly dilate in such…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He donates the speaking fees to groups that conduct spinal cord research.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • They removed the brain, eyes, and spinal cord and dropped them into a jar of preservative.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • Sergeant Boston Corbett [276] has fired a bullet and it slices through Booth’s spinal cord and paralyzes him from the neck down.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • It was an awful-looking hit, and the chief of neurosurgery at Kentucky later told my dad that he was sure my spinal cord had been damaged.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • The blade flashed in rotation, once, twice, then buried itself in the base of the man’s neck, severing his spinal cord before the man had time to react.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • The signals coming up from Thomas’s toe and ankle and knee told him where he was in space, but in Justifus Stone those messages had been blocked in his spinal cord.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Just wait, someday soon he’ll identify that substance present throughout the body, and he’ll manufacture those by-products himself, the ones with the intoxicating effect on the spinal cord.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Decompression time does depend upon the total amount of time spent underwater during about a twelve-hour period, since you are dealing with the total amount of nitrogen absorbed by the tissues, particularly the brain and spinal cord.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • Here’s another," before firing a fifth bullet into Cabey’s spinal cord and paralysing him for life.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • At the top of the spinal cord was a Plexiglas box holding-no, not a hamster-a brainlike clump of tissue.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • The long line of boxcars stretched off into the distance, in spaced, rectangular links, like a spinal cord.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The growth was too close to his spinal cord, and had altered the passage of signals from his brain to the rest of him.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • I worked out that SCI was a spinal cord injury, AB the able-bodied, a UTI an infection.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • And what is still more, for many feet after emerging from the brain’s cavity, the spinal cord remains of an undecreasing girth, almost equal to that of the brain.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • For, viewed in this light, the wonderful comparative smallness of his brain proper is more than compensated by the wonderful comparative magnitude of his spinal cord.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • She went on, running down the spinal cord of a dead train, noting the peculiar combination of lighted compartments, open doors and empty passages: no one had ventured to step out.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The body was still accelerating due to gravity at the end of the drop, but the head was restricted by the noose—which broke the neck and ruptured the spinal cord, rendering instant unconsciousness, and a quick death.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • But what should one say to Frau Stohr’s assertion that Frau Redisch from Posen, who was said to have tuberculosis of the spinal cord, was forced once a week to march naked back and forth in front of Director Behrens in his office for ten minutes?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I kneel beside his unconscious body, slip the knife from its sheath, and carefully cut out the pellet embedded near the spinal cord at the base of his skull.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • The force of the drop, combined with the position of the knot, is what’s meant to fracture the cervical vertebrae and separate the spinal cord.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • You’re sure it wasn’t stuck to the spinal cord, anything like that?
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The meandering conversation, the boastful tales at the dinner table, the delusions of grandeur—that was syphilis of the brain, not just the spinal cord.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • His father’s stamping, crashing gait, always worse at night when he no longer could see where his feet were planted—that was from syphilis of the spinal cord, or tabes dorsalis.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • There isn’t much light and Razor can’t hold him perfectly still, so I tell Bob to chill or I might sever his spinal cord, adding paralysis to the problem of a broken finger.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • It was all about a kind of poisoning, about the organism poisoning itself, which, Dr. Krokowski had said, was the result of the decomposition of a certain, still-unidentified substance present throughout the body; the by-products of that decomposition had an intoxicating effect on certain centers in the spinal cord, not all that different from what happens when other poisons, such as morphine or cocaine, are introduced into the body.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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Associated words [difficulty]:   spinal cord [5] , nervous system [3] , neuron [6] , synapse [6] , nervous system [3] , neuron [6] , synapse [6] , central nervous system [7] , acetylcholine [9] , autonomic nervous system [9] , dendrite [9] , glial cells [9] , motor neuron [9] , peripheral nervous system [9] , sympathetic nervous system [9]
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