Definition of vertebra in English:
noun (plural vertebrae /-ˌbrē, -ˌbrā/)
Each of the series of small bones forming the backbone, having several projections for articulation and muscle attachment, and a hole through which the spinal cord passes.
- The neural spines in posterior dorsal vertebrae lack distinct lateral projections.
- The spine is made up of 24 bones called vertebrae, plus the sacrum and coccyx.
- A fracture of the transverse process of a lumbar vertebra may damage the ureter.
early 17th century: from Latin, from vertere 'to turn'.
- Example sentences
- In contrast to the cervical vertebral centra, the dorsal centrum is shorter and more mildly opisthocoelous.
- Many arterial branches arise from the vertebral and basilar artery to supply the medulla oblongata and the pons.
- The vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs also have to withstand high compressive loads.
Pronunciation: /-brəl, vərˈtē-/adjective
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