ver·​te·​bral | \ (ˌ)vər-ˈtē-brəl How to pronounce vertebral (audio) , ˈvər-tə- How to pronounce vertebral (audio) \

Definition of vertebral

: of, relating to, or being vertebrae or the vertebral column : spinal a vertebral fracture

Examples of vertebral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On May 24, surgeons at St. Luke’s removed part of Garner’s vertebral bone to ease pressure on his spinal cord. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 The five lumbar vertebral bodies are the bones that are stacked on top of each other to form your lower spine. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Another suffered a sliced vertebral artery which led to a stroke and later death. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 3 Sep. 2021 The left vertebral artery is working well, according to the post. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Aug. 2021 Two patients died, one from significant blood loss after the operation and the other from a stroke caused by a cut vertebral artery. Mahita Gajanan, Time, 16 July 2021 According to Shapiro, three specific Verte-Stack vertebral replacement devices could only be used for their contraindicated purpose in the upper spine, because of their shape and size. Jim Spencer And Joe Carlson, Star Tribune, 6 Apr. 2021 Gavin Smith, an osteopath in London, goes even further, suggesting that slumping can increase spine length and reduce stiffness in vertebral joints (by increasing the amount of fluid between disks). Patricia Marx, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2021 Acceptance of germ theory and vaccination would repudiate the founding premise of the profession that all disease stems from vertebral misalignments. Sean B. Carroll, Scientific American, 8 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of vertebral

circa 1681, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vertebral was circa 1681

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“Vertebral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for vertebral


ver·​te·​bral | \ (ˌ)vər-ˈtē-brəl How to pronounce vertebral (audio) , ˈvərt-ə- How to pronounce vertebral (audio) \

Medical Definition of vertebral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being vertebrae or the spinal column : spinal
2 : composed of or having vertebrae



Medical Definition of vertebral (Entry 2 of 2)

: a vertebral part or element (as an artery)

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