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Any of the 62 paired nerves emerging from the spinal cord, each attached to the cord by two roots, anterior or ventral and posterior or dorsal, the latter provided with a spinal ganglion.
any of a series of paired nerves that originate in the nerve roots of the spinal cord and emerge from the vertebrae on both sides of the spinal column, each branching out to innervate a specific region of the neck, trunk, or limbs.
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|Noun||1.||spinal nerve - any of the 31 pairs of nerves emerging from each side of the spinal cord (each attached to the cord by two roots: ventral and dorsal)|
dorsal horn, dorsal root - one of the two roots of a spinal nerve that passes dorsally to the spinal cord and that consists of sensory fibers
anterior horn, anterior root, ventral horn, ventral root - one of two the two roots of a spinal nerve that passes ventrally from the spinal cord and that consists of motor fibers
anterior crural nerve, femoral nerve, nervus femoralis - one of a pair of nerves that originate from lumbar nerves and supply the muscles and skin of the anterior part of the thigh
nervus phrenicus, phrenic nerve - one of a pair of nerves that arises from cervical spinal roots and passes down the thorax to innervate the diaphragm and control breathing
cervical nerve - any of eight pairs of spinal nerves emerging from the cervical section of the spinal cord
lumbar nerve - any of five pairs of spinal nerves emerging from the lumbar section of the spinal cord
sacral nerve - any of five pairs of spinal nerves emerging from the sacral region of the spinal cord
thoracic nerve - any of twelve pairs of spinal nerves emerging from the thoracic region of the spinal cord