What is the difference between Spinal Cord and Backbone?

The Spinal Cord

The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves made up of nervous tissue that begins from the end of the brain stem in the brain and continues down almost to the bottom of the spine or vertebral column. 

The spinal cord consists of nerves that carry incoming and outgoing messages between the brain and the rest of the body.

The Backbone

The spine (also known as the backbone or vertebral column) is a bony structure made of vertebrae that bother to allow the back to bend and protect the spinal cord.

The vertebral column is made of the individual vertebrae - 7 cervical, 12 thoracics, 5 lumbar, and 5 sacral

The spinal cord runs in a central canal within the vertebral column, so it is protected by the bony structures of the vertebrae(backbone).


Updated on: 10-Oct-2022


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