in·​ter·​ver·​te·​bral ˌin-tər-ˈvər-tə-brəl How to pronounce intervertebral (audio)
: 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

Examples of intervertebral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bundles of piano wires were used to mimic the biological muscles between an ostrich’s vertebrae (intervertebral muscles), and rubber bands were used as ligaments at the base of the manipulator to provide tension. IEEE Spectrum, 25 Apr. 2023 Surfing has cost me two wedding rings, many thousands of dollars, and a few millimeters of intervertebral space in my spine. Tom Vanderbilt, Outside Online, 5 Jan. 2021

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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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“Intervertebral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


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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