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

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 8 Dec. 2022.

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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