noun, plural ver·te·brae [vur-tuh-bree, -brey] /ˈvɜr təˌbri, -ˌbreɪ/, ver·te·bras. Anatomy, Zoology.
Origin of vertebra
Examples from the Web for vertebra
I have no idea when the second vertebra went out during the battle.
One vertebra had given way in Ganjigal when I picked up an Askar and slipped in the bloody mud under him.
In anatomy the name is given to the second vertebra from the head, that on which the atlas moves.
The correspondence in the attachment of a rib to its vertebra by both heads is noteworthy.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia|Frank Evers Beddard
The odontoid process of the second vertebra is pig-like: and the tibia and fibula and radius and ulna are severally distinct.
The cervical rib is often very similar to that type, and blended with the vertebra, as in Pterodactyles and Birds.Dragons of the Air|H. G. Seeley
On the centrum of this vertebra lower down is a second much larger rugose articular facet.The Beaked Whales of the Family Ziphidae|Frederick True
British Dictionary definitions for vertebra
noun plural -brae (-briː) or -bras
Word Origin for vertebra
Word Origin and History for vertebra
1610s, from Latin vertebra "joint or articulation of the body, joint of the spine" (plural vertebræ), perhaps from vertere "to turn" (see versus) + instrumental suffix -bra. The notion is of the spine as the "hinge" of the body.