invertebrate

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adjective in·ver·te·brate \(ˌ)in-ˈvər-tə-brət, -ˌbrāt\

Definition of invertebrate

  1. 1 :  lacking a spinal column; also :  of, relating to, or concerned with invertebrate animals

  2. 2 :  lacking in strength or vitality :  weak

invertebrate

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Examples of invertebrate in a Sentence

  1. an invertebrate Congress that blithely went along with the President's ill-conceived plan

Origin and Etymology of invertebrate

New Latin invertebratus, from Latin in- + New Latin vertebratus vertebrate


First Known Use: 1819

Other Invertebrates (Except Insects) Terms


INVERTEBRATE Defined for Kids

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invertebrate

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adjective in·ver·te·brate \in-ˈvər-tə-brət\

Definition of invertebrate for Students

  1. :  having no backbone an invertebrate animal


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invertebrate

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noun in·ver·te·brate

Definition of invertebrate for Students

  1. :  an animal (as a worm or a crab) that does not have a backbone


Medical Dictionary

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invertebrate

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noun in·ver·te·brate \(ˈ)in-ˈvərt-ə-brət, -ˌbrāt\

Medical Definition of invertebrate

  1. :  an animal having no backbone or internal skeleton


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invertebrate

adjective in·ver·te·brate

Medical Definition of invertebrate

  1. :  lacking a spinal column; also :  of or relating to invertebrate animals



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