noun plural

Ver·​te·​bra·​ta ˌvər-tə-ˈbrät-ə How to pronounce Vertebrata (audio) -ˈbrāt- How to pronounce Vertebrata (audio)
: a subphylum of chordates comprising animals (such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes) with a segmented spinal column together with a few primitive forms in which the backbone is represented by a notochord

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“Vertebrata.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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