invertebrate

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

Definition of invertebrate

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

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Origin and Etymology of invertebrate

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

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

:having no backbone
  • an invertebrate animal

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invertebrate

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Definition of invertebrate for Students

: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

:an animal having no backbone or internal skeleton

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invertebrate

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medical Definition of invertebrate

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


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