Specializing in Canine and Feline 
Neurology and Neurosurgery since 1986

spinal cord

Part of the central nervous system, a column of nervous tissue that runs from the base of the skull down the back.  It is surrounded by three protective membranes (i.e. meninges) and is enclosed within vertebrae that compose the spine.  It carries most of the messages between the brain and the rest of the body.

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Related Words

brain ; central nervous system (CNS) ; meninges ; spine ; vertebra