- 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 centrum
One of the vertebr of the back had a body, or centrum, ten inches long.Extinct Monsters
H. N. Hutchinson
Arch nearly as broad as the anterior epiphysis of the centrum.
Tenth lumbar (last): Centrum like that in Barnegat skeleton.
Neural arch and spine only slightly higher than length of centrum.
The centrum is short, and has its terminations vertically truncated.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
- 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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