vertebral column


Example Sentences

carefully reconstructed the vertebral column of the dinosaur
Recent Examples on the Web These include the shape of the chevrons, a series of bones underneath the vertebral column that many reptiles possess. Jon Tennant, Discover Magazine, 7 Apr. 2015 The researchers used a megalodon vertebral column from Belgium, a tooth from the United States, and the chondrocranium – the cartilaginous equivalent of a skull – from a great white shark to build their 3D skeleton. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 20 Aug. 2022 The vertebral column would still present an obstacle to removing the lungs, and the primary bronchi and pulmonary veins and arteries aren't long enough to allow the lungs to be removed while they are still attached. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 10 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vertebral column was in 1822

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“Vertebral column.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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