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[vur-tuh-bruh l] /ˈvɜr tə brəl/
of or relating to a vertebra or the vertebrae; spinal.
resembling a vertebra.
composed of or having vertebrae.
Origin of vertebral
First recorded in 1675-85; vertebr(a) + -al1
Related forms
vertebrally, adverb
nonvertebral, adjective
postvertebral, adjective
prevertebral, adjective
subvertebral, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • What Christian experience wants is thread, a vertebral column, method.

    Pax Vobiscum Henry Drummond
  • He divides the vertebral columns into cervical, dorsal, and lumbar portions.

    Fathers of Biology Charles McRae
  • The vertebral centra are unossified, and the tail is strongly heterocercal.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • This includes the vertebral column, the skull, and the ribs and sternum.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • The vertebral column is very long, consisting of some sixty vertebrae.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • This vertebral column, as it is called, is distinctive of all vertebrates.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • The livers were fused, the vertebral columns were distinct throughout.

  • The keelson was snapped, the vertebral column of the skeleton was broken.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • He had perceived around the vertebral column a sort of belt.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
Word Origin and History for vertebral

1680s, from vertebra + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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vertebral in Medicine

vertebral ver·te·bral (vûr'tə-brəl, vər-tē'brəl)

  1. Of, relating to, or of the nature of a vertebra.

  2. Having or consisting of vertebrae.

  3. Having a spinal column.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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