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adjective ver·te·brate \ˈvər-tə-brət, -ˌbrāt\

Definition of vertebrate

  1. 1a :  having a spinal columnb :  of or relating to the vertebrates

  2. 2 :  organized or constructed in orderly or developed form

Origin and Etymology of vertebrate

New Latin vertebratus, from Latin, jointed, from vertebra


First Known Use: 1826


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vertebrate

noun ver·te·brate

Definition of vertebrate

  1. :  any of a subphylum (Vertebrata) of chordates that comprises animals (as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes) typically having a bony or cartilaginous spinal colum which replaces the notochord, a distinct head containing a brain which arises as an enlarged part of the nerve cord, and an internal usually bony skeleton and that includes some primitive forms (as lampreys ) in which the spinal column is absent and the notochord persists throughout life

Origin and Etymology of vertebrate

New Latin Vertebrata, from neuter plural of vertebratus


First Known Use: 1826


VERTEBRATE Defined for English Language Learners


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vertebrate

noun ver·te·brate

Definition of vertebrate for English Language Learners

  • biology : an animal that has a backbone


VERTEBRATE Defined for Kids

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vertebrate

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adjective ver·te·brate \ˈvər-tə-brət\

Definition of vertebrate for Students

  1. :  having vertebrae or a backbone Mammals are vertebrate animals.


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noun ver·te·brate

Definition of vertebrate for Students

  1. :  an animal (as a fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, or mammal) that has a backbone extending down the back of the body


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adjective ver·te·brate \ˈvərt-ə-brət, -ˌbrāt\

Medical Definition of vertebrate

  1. 1:  having a spinal column

  2. 2:  of or relating to the subphylum Vertebrata


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vertebrate

noun ver·te·brate

Medical Definition of vertebrate

  1. :  an animal of the subphylum Vertebrata



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