vertebra


ver·te·bra

noun \ˈvər-tə-brə, -ˌbrā\

: one of the small bones that are linked together to form the backbone

plural ver·te·brae\-ˌbrā, -(ˌ)brē, -brə\ or ver·te·bras

Full Definition of VERTEBRA

:  one of the bony or cartilaginous segments composing the spinal column, consisting in some lower vertebrates of several distinct elements which never become united, and in higher vertebrates having a short more or less cylindrical body whose ends articulate by pads of elastic or cartilaginous tissue with those of adjacent vertebrae and a bony arch that encloses the spinal cord

Origin of VERTEBRA

Latin, joint, vertebra, from vertere to turn
First Known Use: 1578

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ver·te·bra

noun \ˈvərt-ə-brə\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural ver·te·brae \-ˌbrā, -(ˌ)brē\ or ver·te·bras

Medical Definition of VERTEBRA

: any of the bony or cartilaginous segments that make up the spinal column and that have a short more or less cylindrical body whose ends articulate by pads of elastic or cartilaginous tissue with those of adjacent vertebrae and a bony arch that encloses the spinal cord

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