vertebra

noun
ver·​te·​bra | \ ˈvər-tə-brə How to pronounce vertebra (audio) , -ˌbrā\
plural vertebrae\ ˈvər-​tə-​ˌbrā How to pronounce vertebrae (audio) , -​(ˌ)brē , -​brə How to pronounce vertebrae (audio) \ or vertebras

Definition of vertebra

: one of the bony or cartilaginous segments composing the spinal column, consisting in some lower vertebrates of several distinct elements which never become united, and in higher vertebrates having a short more or less cylindrical body whose ends articulate by pads of elastic or cartilaginous tissue with those of adjacent vertebrae and a bony arch that encloses the spinal cord

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The ‘linked’ construction of the silk ruffles reminds me a lot of bones, specifically vertebrae—a link back to my love of anatomical structure. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "With Stitchless Garments Designer Katie Roberts-Wood Links Femininity to Strength," 20 Feb. 2019 The discs in your back are rubbery cushions in between your spinal vertebrae (interlocking bones). Korin Miller, SELF, "You Could Have a Herniated Disc Without Even Realizing It," 11 Sep. 2018 In 1990, the band’s bus crashed in the Pocono mountains, and Estefan sustained a broken vertebra in her back. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "5 Refugees Who Changed Modern American History," 20 June 2018 Speight passed for 2,538 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2016 but was sidelined after four games last fall with three broken vertebrae. Genaro C. Armas, The Seattle Times, "COLLEGE FOOTBALL ’18: Key transfers from Big House to Bayou," 6 Aug. 2018 Barbee sustained a fractured vertebra in his neck, nerve damage, severe neck and head trauma and other injuries, the affidavit said. Everton Bailey Jr., OregonLive.com, "Driver who crashed into Tigard cop told police he has narcolepsy," 26 Mar. 2018 Alessio Ramognoli is a doubt also after picking up a knock several weeks ago and Lucas Biglia is also expected to miss the game due a lumbar vertebra fracture. SI.com, "AC Milan vs Hellas Verona Preview: Previous Meeting, Key Battles, Team News and More," 4 May 2018 One had a fractured vertebra and a second had a collapsed lung, multiple facial fractures and bleeding on the brain. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man charged with drunk or drugged driving in single-car crash that injured 2 after Summerfest," 3 July 2018 Another fractured facial bones, ribs and vertebrae. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Texas Investigators Seek Felony Fleeing-the-Scene Charge Against Prominent Oil Lawyer," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of vertebra

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vertebra

Latin, joint, vertebra, from vertere to turn

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The first known use of vertebra was in 1578

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vertebra

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vertebra

technical : one of the small bones that are linked together to form the backbone

vertebra

noun
ver·​te·​bra | \ ˈvər-tə-brə How to pronounce vertebra (audio) \
plural vertebrae\ -​ˌbrā , -​brē \

Kids Definition of vertebra

: one of the bony sections making up the backbone

vertebra

noun
ver·​te·​bra | \ ˈvərt-ə-brə How to pronounce vertebra (audio) \
plural vertebrae\ -​ˌbrā How to pronounce vertebrae (audio) , -​(ˌ)brē How to pronounce vertebrae (audio) \ or vertebras

Medical Definition of vertebra

: any of the bony or cartilaginous segments that make up the spinal column and that have a short more or less cylindrical body whose ends articulate by pads of elastic or cartilaginous tissue with those of adjacent vertebrae and a bony arch that encloses the spinal cord

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