vertebrate


1ver·te·brate

adjective \ˈvər-tə-brət, -ˌbrāt\

Definition of VERTEBRATE

1
a :  having a spinal column
b :  of or relating to the vertebrates
2
:  organized or constructed in orderly or developed form

Origin of VERTEBRATE

New Latin vertebratus, from Latin, jointed, from vertebra
First Known Use: 1826

Rhymes with VERTEBRATE

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2vertebrate

noun

biology : an animal that has a backbone

Full Definition of VERTEBRATE

:  any of a subphylum (Vertebrata) of chordates possessing a spinal column that includes the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes

Origin of VERTEBRATE

New Latin Vertebrata, from neuter plural of vertebratus
First Known Use: 1826

vertebrate

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any animal of the chordate subphylum Vertebrata, which includes the fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Vertebrates have an internal skeleton formed of cartilage, bone, or both. The skeleton consists of a backbone (vertebral column), which partly encloses a spinal cord; a skull, which encloses the brain; and usually two pairs of limbs. Nerves extending from the spinal cord and brain permeate the skin, muscles, and internal organs. The muscular system consists primarily of bilaterally paired masses attached to bones or cartilage. Skin and scales, feathers, fur, or hair cover the outer surface. See also invertebrate.

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