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

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The drug also cut in half the risk of a vertebral fracture, when bone compression causes part of the spine to collapse. Marilynn Marchione, The Seattle Times, "Study suggests more older women may benefit from bone drugs," 1 Oct. 2018 The heightened risk of death aside, the additional health care costs following hip and vertebral fractures are staggering. Farah Naz Khan, Vox, "Doctors are blasé about bone health and it’s leading to more broken bones in the elderly," 30 July 2018 Compression fractures: a vertebral bone in the spine that has decreased at least 15 to 20 percent in height due to fracture. St. Elizabeth Healthcare,, "Spine Center helps chronic back, neck pain," 23 Oct. 2017 Now, researchers have reported the oldest record of a vertebral malformation in an aquatic animal, a deformity that likely led to scoliosis in the 80-centimeter-long marine reptile known as Stereosternum tumidium. Katherine Kornei, Science | AAAS, "This 300-million-year-old marine reptile had scoliosis," 22 Sep. 2017 The giraffe cervical vertebral column: a heuristic example in understanding evolutionary processes?Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 155 (3), 736-757 DOI: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.2008.00458.x Cameron EZ, & du Toit JT (2007). Brian Switek, WIRED, "OpenLab Finalist: Giraffes – Necks for food, or necks for sex?," 7 Jan. 2011

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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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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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