vertebral column


Examples of vertebral column in a Sentence

carefully reconstructed the vertebral column of the dinosaur
Recent Examples on the Web The researchers dug up a partial vertebral column, composed of 27 vertebrae in total, from a mine in the Kutch District in Gujarat State on India’s western coast. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2024 The researchers followed up in 2022 with a reconstructed 3D model, extrapolating the dimensions from a megalodon specimen (a vertebral column) in Belgium. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 22 Jan. 2024 So to determine the complexity of a vertebral column, McShea measured how different the individual vertebrae were from one another along six separate dimensions-- length, thickness at the thickest point, and so on. Lori Oliwenstein, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 His premise was straightforward: a vertebral column consisting of, say, 20 vertebrae, all of them identical, is a simple vertebral column. Lori Oliwenstein, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 What scientists discovered was the whale suffered a catastrophic blunt force traumatic injury, impacting the vertebral column. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 23 Feb. 2023 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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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 27 May. 2024.

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