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vertebral column

noun
Origin of vertebral column
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25
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Examples from the Web for vertebral column
Historical Examples
  • What Christian experience wants is thread, a vertebral column, method.

    Pax Vobiscum Henry Drummond
  • 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 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
  • The name Ornithodesmus is as descriptive of the sternum as of the vertebral column.

    Dragons of the Air H. G. Seeley
  • One of the bony segments of the vertebral column or backbone.

    The Ancient Life History of the Earth Henry Alleyne Nicholson
  • And we shall be able to say just what the form of the thorax and the curve of the vertebral column were.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • The notochord has become invested by a condensed mesoblastic tissue, which will give rise to the vertebral column.

British Dictionary definitions for vertebral column

vertebral column

noun
1.
another name for spinal column
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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vertebral column in Medicine

vertebral column n.
See spinal column.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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vertebral column in Science
vertebral column
  (vûr'tə-brəl)   

The series of vertebrae extending from the base of the skull to the tip of the tail that forms the supporting axis of the body in vertebrate animals. In humans and tailless apes, the vertebral column ends with the coccyx (tailbone). It encloses and protects the spinal cord and provides a stable attachment for the muscles of the trunk. Also called backbone, spinal column, spine.
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