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 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, "Federal appeals court rules Medtronic whistleblower suit should proceed," 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, "Is the Pandemic Breaking Our Backs?," 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, "The Denialist Playbook," 8 Nov. 2020 If successful, the new and minimally-invasive surgical remedy may help 5 million Americans who suffer from a type of chronic low back pain that involves vertebral endplates and the transmission of pain along something called the basivertebral nerve. Dee Depass, Star Tribune, "Bloomington med-tech firm raises $70 million for back pain therapy," 5 Nov. 2020 Its 15-foot-long body size, a shorter and stronger snout, tooth wear and vertebral formation indicated that Ankylorhiza was the first Odontocete predator that could eat both small- and large-bodied prey and swim faster than other whales. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "An extinct giant dolphin behaved like a killer whale, study finds," 9 July 2020 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

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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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2 May 2021

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“Vertebral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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