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n. pl. cen·trums or cen·tra (-trə)
The major part of a vertebra, exclusive of the bases of the neural arch.

[Latin, center; see center.]


n, pl -trums or -tra (-trə)
(Zoology) the main part or body of a vertebra
[C19: from Latin: centre]


(ˈsɛn trəm)

n., pl. -trums, -tra (-trə).
1. a center.
2. the body of a vertebra, the part cushioned by the spinal disk.
[1850–55; < Latin; see center]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.centrum - the main body of a vertebra
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
vertebra - one of the bony segments of the spinal column
haemal arch, hemal arch - a structure arising ventrally from a vertebral centrum and enclosing the caudal blood vessels
neural arch, vertebral arch - a structure arising dorsally from a vertebral centrum and enclosing the spinal cord
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