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cord any part of the body that looks like a cord, such as the spinal cord or the umbilical cord. [1/4 definitions]
nerve any of the fibers that carry messages to and from the brain and other parts of the body. Nerves are bundled together into a complicated system that connects all parts of the body to the spinal cord and brain. [1/3 definitions]
polio a short form of poliomyelitis, a disease caused by a virus that attacks the spinal cord and damages the nervous system. Poliomyelitis affects mainly children and can lead to paralysis or deformed limbs.
poliomyelitis a disease caused by a virus that attacks the spinal cord and damages the nervous system. Poliomyelitis affects mainly children and can lead to paralysis or deformed limbs. Jonas Salk invented a vaccine that prevents poliomyelitis.
spinal having to do with the spine or spinal cord.
spinal column the row of bones that runs along the center of the back; spine; backbone. The bones of the spinal column are called vertebrae. The spinal column protects the nerves in the spinal cord.
spine the backbone; spinal column. [1/3 definitions]
vertebra one of the small bones that form the spinal column.