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ver·te·bra

(vûr′tə-brə)
n. pl. ver·te·brae (-brā′, -brē′) or ver·te·bras
Any of the segments, composed of cartilage in cartilaginous fishes and of bone in other vertebrates, that form the spinal column.

[Middle English, from Latin, from vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

vertebra

(ˈvɜːtɪbrə)
n, pl -brae (-briː) or -bras
(Anatomy) one of the bony segments of the spinal column
[C17: from Latin: joint of the spine, from vertere to turn]
ˈvertebral adj
ˈvertebrally adv

ver•te•bra

(ˈvɜr tə brə)

n., pl. -brae (-ˌbri, -ˌbreɪ) -bras.
any of the bones or segments of the spinal column, consisting in higher vertebrates of a cylindrical body with two projections, forming an arch surrounding the spinal cord. See also diag. at spinal column.
[1570–80; < Latin: (spinal) joint =verte(re) to turn (see verse) + -bra n. suffix]

ver·te·bra

(vûr′tə-brə)
Plural vertebrae (vûr′tə-brā′, vûr′tə-brē′) or vertebras
Any of the bones that make up the vertebral column. Each vertebra contains a hollow section through which the spinal cord passes. See more at skeleton.

vertebra

A bone of the vertebral column.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vertebra - one of the bony segments of the spinal column
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
centrum - the main body of a vertebra
apophysis - (anatomy) a natural outgrowth or projection on an organ or body part such as the process of a vertebra
transverse process - one of two processes that extend from each vertebra and provide the point of articulation for the ribs
spinal column, spine, vertebral column, rachis, backbone, back - the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; "the fall broke his back"
cervical vertebra, neck bone - one of 7 vertebrae in the human spine located in the neck region
dorsal vertebra, thoracic vertebra - one of 12 vertebrae in the human vertebral column; thoracic vertebrae extend from the seventh cervical vertebra down to the first lumbar vertebra
lumbar vertebra - one of 5 vertebrae in the human vertebral column; lumbar vertebrae extend from the twelfth thoracic vertebra down to the sacral vertebrae
sacral vertebra - one of 5 vertebrae in the human spine that fuse in the adult to form the sacrum
caudal vertebra, coccygeal vertebra - one of 4 vertebrae in the human coccyx
Translations
فَقْرَه
obratel
ryghvirvel
nikama
csigolyahátcsigolya
hryggjarliîur
vertebra
stuburinisstuburo slankstelis
skriemelis
stavec
vretence

vertebra

[ˈvɜːtɪbrə] N (vertebras or vertebrae (pl)) [ˈvɜːtɪbriː]vértebra f

vertebra

[ˈvɜːrtɪbrə] [vertebrae] [ˈvɜːrtɪbreɪ] (pl) nvertèbre f

vertebra

n pl <-e> → Rückenwirbel m

vertebra

[ˈvɜːtɪbrə] n (vertebrae (pl)) [ˈvɜːtibriː]vertebra

vertebra

(ˈvəːtibrə) plural ˈvertebrae (-briː) noun
any of the bones of the spine. She has a broken vertebra.
ˈvertebrate (-brət) noun, adjective
(an animal) having a backbone. Insects are not vertebrates.

ver·te·bra

n. vértebra, cada uno de los treinta y tres huesos que forman la columna vertebral;
cervical ______ cervical;
coccygeal ______ coccígea;
lumbar ______ lumbar;
sacral ______ sacra;
thoracic ______ torácica.

vertebra

n (pl -brae) vértebra
References in classic literature ?
If you attentively regard almost any quadruped's spine, you will be struck with the resemblance of its vertebrae to a strung necklace of dwarfed skulls, all bearing rudimental resemblance to the skull proper.
Anatomically, it is distinguished from the white whale and the North Cape whale by the seven cervical vertebrae, and it has two more ribs than its congeners.
said he, stooping down, and picking up some of the crushed vertebrae to examine them more closely.
While at Lahainaluna--the residence of this monstrous Jezebel--a humpbacked wretch was pointed out to me, who, some twenty-five years previously, had had the vertebrae of his backbone very seriously discomposed by his gentle mistress.
They showed us a cast of his face taken after death, the bullet that killed him, and the two vertebrae in which it lodged.
High above his head he held the spear, as though in the act to strike; one bony hand rested on the stone table before him, in the position a man assumes on rising from his seat, whilst his frame was bent forward so that the vertebrae of the neck and the grinning, gleaming skull projected towards us, and fixed its hollow eye-places upon us, the jaws a little open, as though it were about to speak.
Moreover, there was no fracture of the vertebrae at the nape of the neck, and it was evident that he had not been hanged.
I'm really quite indifferent to the attitude of her vertebrae," replied Philip.
She could hear the vertebrae crack as the mighty fangs crunched through them, and then the muscles of her faithful friend relaxed in death.
Scarcely had he touched the sleek hide of the deer with a momentum that sent the animal to its knees than he had grasped a horn in either hand, and with a single quick wrench twisted the animal's neck completely round, until he felt the vertebrae snap beneath his grip.
There was one awful shriek from the tortured brute--the vertebrae parted with a snap, and Bulan's antagonists were reduced to two.
The number of the caudal and sacral vertebrae vary; as does the number of the ribs, together with their relative breadth and the presence of processes.