vertebral body

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of vertebral body

anatomy
: the thick, cylindrical, anterior part of a vertebra that bears the weight of the head and trunk, is attached to and articulates with an adjacent vertebral body by an intervertebral disk, and encloses the front part of the vertebral foramen

First Known Use of vertebral body

1819


Medical Dictionary

vertebral body

noun

medical Definition of vertebral body

: the main anterior bony part of a vertebra that consists of the centrum, the ossified posterolateral joints linking the centrum and each half of the neural arch, and part of the neural arch

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