vertebra

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noun ver·te·bra \ˈvər-tə-brə, -ˌbrā\

Definition of vertebra

plural

vertebrae

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vertebras

  1. :  one of the bony or cartilaginous segments composing the spinal column, consisting in some lower vertebrates of several distinct elements which never become united, and in higher vertebrates having a short more or less cylindrical body whose ends articulate by pads of elastic or cartilaginous tissue with those of adjacent vertebrae and a bony arch that encloses the spinal cord

Origin and Etymology of vertebra

Latin, joint, vertebra, from vertere to turn


First Known Use: 1578


VERTEBRA Defined for English Language Learners

vertebra

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noun ver·te·bra \ˈvər-tə-brə, -ˌbrā\

Definition of vertebra for English Language Learners

  • : one of the small bones that are linked together to form the backbone


VERTEBRA Defined for Kids

vertebra

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noun ver·te·bra \ˈvər-tə-brə\

Definition of vertebra for Students

plural

vertebrae

\-ˌbrā, -brē\
  1. :  one of the bony sections making up the backbone

Word Root of vertebra

The Latin word vertere, meaning “to turn” or “to change,” and its form versus give us the roots vert and vers. Words from the Latin vertere have something to do with turning or changing. Anything versatile, or able to do or be used for many different things, can change its task easily. A vertebra is a bone in the spine that allows an animal to turn its head or body. To avert is to turn away. To divert is to turn aside onto a new path. To revert is to turn back to a former way of being.


Medical Dictionary

vertebra

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noun ver·te·bra \ˈvərt-ə-brə\

Medical Definition of vertebra

plural

vertebrae

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vertebras

  1. :  any of the bony or cartilaginous segments that make up the spinal column and that have a short more or less cylindrical body whose ends articulate by pads of elastic or cartilaginous tissue with those of adjacent vertebrae and a bony arch that encloses the spinal cord

Illustration of vertebra



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