vertebral body

noun

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 disc, and encloses the front part of the vertebral foramen

Examples of vertebral body in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other injuries sustained in the crash include a cervical and two thoracic spine vertebral body fractures for Team Emirates rider Jay Vine and a concussion and fractured sternum for EF Pro Cycling’s Sean Quinn. Matias Grez, CNN, 5 Apr. 2024 One of fixing such a fracture is a kyphoplasty, which involves injected some polymethylmethacrylate medical cement to add back volume to the vertebral body. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 The case described the incidence cardiopulmonary cement embolism after such vertebral body procedures as 0% to 23%. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Miller has undergone two spinal surgeries — vertebral body tethering — to correct idiopathic scoliosis. New York Times, 27 July 2021 In 2012, Schloegel’s parents came across two U.S. practices performing vertebral body tethering, an experimental surgery that aims to straighten children’s spines without limiting their mobility. Katie Palmer, STAT, 14 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vertebral body was in 1819

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“Vertebral body.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vertebral%20body. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

vertebral body

noun
: 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 disc, and encloses the front part of the vertebral foramen
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