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What is the spinal cord?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The spinal cord is the dense cable of nerves that carries signals to control movement and convey sensation.  The animation lets you see straight through the bones to the spinal cord.



Gerald M. Silverman
Chiropractic Medicine
The spinal cord is the largest group of nerves found inside the spinal column. The spinal cord is an extension of brain tissue; along with the brain, it makes up the central nervous system (CNS). These nerves are the controlling core of your existence, and they are therefore encased in bone, surrounded by thick and strong ligaments, floated in their own spinal fluid, and given their own blood barrier to protect them against most of what circulates throughout the rest of your body.
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