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 Meekan and colleagues took vertebral samples from two shark skeletons, one that had been caught legally in a Taiwanese fishery in 2005 that had 35 growth bands; and another from an animal that was stranded off Pakistan in 2012. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 6 Apr. 2020 In addition to understanding more about head movements, the atlas can also share information about blood flow to the brain through vertebral arteries. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Ancient human ancestor 'Little Foot' had different head movements from us," 20 Mar. 2020 His vertebral artery was severed; police deemed the attack a possible hate crime. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "American Dreams in “The Rose Tattoo” and “Soft Power”," 21 Oct. 2019 This followed a traumatic June 2013 gymnasium fall that resulted in a vertebral compression fracture. Tom Feran,, "Fred Griffith, Cleveland TV legend, dies at 90," 19 July 2019 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

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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 25 May. 2020.

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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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