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a combining form of vertebra: vertebral.
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WORDS THAT USE VERTEBR-

What does vertebr- mean?

Vertebr– is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “vertebra” or “vertebral.” The vertebrae are the bones in the spinal column. Vertebro– is occasionally used in medical terms, especially in anatomy.

Vertebr– comes from Latin vertebra, meaning “(spinal) joint.” The Greek translation of vertebra is spóndylos, meaning “vertebra, joint,” which is the source of the combining form spondylo. To learn more, check out our Words That Use article on spondylo-.

What are variants of vertebr-?

Vertebr– is a variant of vertebro, which loses its –o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use article on vertebro-.

Examples of vertebr-

One example of a medical term that features the form vertebr– is vertebrectomy, “excision of a vertebra.”

The element vertebr– means “vertebra,” and ectomy means “excision,” from Latin –ectomia. Vertebrectomy literally translates to “vertebra excision.”

What are some words that use the combining form vertebr-?

What are some other forms that vertebr– may be commonly confused with?

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The suffix al means “of the kind of, pertaining to, having the form or character of.” With this in mind, what does vertebral mean?

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Medical definitions for vertebr-

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Variant ofvertebro-
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