intervertebral

adjective

in·​ter·​ver·​te·​bral ˌin-tər-ˈvər-tə-brəl How to pronounce intervertebral (audio)
-(ˌ)vər-ˈtē-
: situated or occurring between vertebrae of the spinal column
Gelatin-filled intervertebral discs normally cushion the bones of the back, but sometimes a disc ruptures and bulges outward. Adam Rogers
intervertebral foramina

Word History

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intervertebral was in 1782

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Cite this Entry

“Intervertebral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intervertebral. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

intervertebral

adjective
in·​ter·​ver·​te·​bral ˌint-ər-ˈvərt-ə-brəl, -(ˌ)vər-ˈtē- How to pronounce intervertebral (audio)
: situated between vertebrae
intervertebrally adverb
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