- a plural of centrum.
- a center.
- Anatomy, Zoology. the body of a vertebra.
- Mycology. collectively, all the structures enclosed within the ascocarp of a fungus.
Origin of centrum
From Latin, dating back to 1850–55; see origin at center
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Examples from the Web for centra
The vertebr have the faces of their centra more or less bi-concave.Extinct Monsters
H. N. Hutchinson
The vertebrae are generally without epiphyses to their centra.
In the Ichthyosauria the neural arches were united to the centra by cartilage only.
This sheath forms the basis of the centra of the future vertebr.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
Injuries to the centra were very frequent, but differed extraordinarily in their importance.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900
George Henry Makins
- a plural of centrum
- the main part or body of a vertebra
C19: from Latin: centre
- A center of any kind, especially an anatomical center.
- The major part of a vertebra, exclusive of the bases of the neural arch.
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