vertebral

[vur-tuh-bruh l]

adjective

of or relating to a vertebra or the vertebrae; spinal.
resembling a vertebra.
composed of or having vertebrae.

Nearby words

  1. vert.,
  2. vertebr-,
  3. vertebra,
  4. vertebra dentata,
  5. vertebra plana,
  6. vertebral arch,
  7. vertebral artery,
  8. vertebral canal,
  9. vertebral column,
  10. vertebral foramen

Origin of vertebral

First recorded in 1675–85; vertebr(a) + -al1

Related forms
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Word Origin and History for postvertebral

vertebral

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for postvertebral

postvertebral

[pōst-vûrtə-brəl, pōst′vər-tē-]

adj.

Situated behind the vertebrae.

vertebral

[vûrtə-brəl, vər-tēbrəl]

adj.

Of, relating to, or of the nature of a vertebra.
Having or consisting of vertebrae.
Having a spinal column.

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