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Spine is a word with several related uses. People often talk about a mountain range or a continent having a 'spine'. Its major use however, is to refer to the column of vertebrae which form the backbone of all vertebrate organismss, supporting the body and protecting the spinal cord from damage.

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The spine of a book is the part where the edges of all pages, or the creases of all folded sheets, are joined together.

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