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Definition nerve cells running from the base of the skull to the lower back and enclosed by vertebrae in adults
  • 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
  • spinal cord = nerve cells running from the base of the brain to the lower back in vertebrates
  • Sergeant Boston Corbett 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
  • Paralysis only happens if the spinal cord — a long nerve running down the middle of the neck — breaks.
    Darren Shan  --  A Living Nightmare
  • 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
  • Therefore we cannot know at this moment the condition of the spinal cord itself.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • The bullet had shattered her spinal cord.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • 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
  • There was a noise of organic crunching as windpipe and spinal cord were crushed.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Here's another," before firing a fifth bullet into Cabey's spinal cord and paralysing him for life.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • The medical team's main concerns—damage to my spinal cord, airway, veins, and arteries—have been allayed.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • 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
  • He donates the speaking fees to groups that conduct spinal cord research.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • The first bullet drilled into his jawbone, the second sliced through his neck and his spinal cord.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • I saw a metallic spinal cord, connected to two metal legs, walking around.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • They removed the brain, eyes, and spinal cord and dropped them into a jar of preservative.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • "They haven't worked out how to fix a spinal cord yet."
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You

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