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Spine

The flexible bone column extending from the base of the skull to the tailbone. It comprises 33 bones, called vertebrae. The first 24 vertebrae are separated by disks, called intervertebral disks, and bound by ligaments and muscles. Five vertebrae are fused to form the sacrum and four vertebrae are fused to form the coccyx. The spine also is called the vertebral column, spinal column or backbone.