- any of the bones or segments composing the spinal column, consisting typically of a cylindrical body and an arch with various processes, and forming a foramen, or opening, through which the spinal cord passes.
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.
It is the vertebra which steadies him plumb up to a positive perpendicular.
In woman the tail is generally290 by one vertebra longer than in man.The History of Creation, Vol. I (of 2)
The blow had dislodged a vertebra and I was in horrible pain.The Rest Hollow Mystery
Rebecca N. Porter
The base of the neural arch is also concave in this vertebra.
They are last traceable on the eighth or ninth caudal (vertebra 35 or 36).
- one of the bony segments of the spinal column
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.
- Any of the bones or cartilaginous segments of the spinal column, usually 33 in number.
- Any of the bones that make up the vertebral column. Each vertebra contains an arched, hollow section through which the spinal cord passes. In humans, the vertebrae are divided into cervical, thoracic, and lumbar sections, and the sacrum and coccyx are both made up of a series of fused vertebrae. The vertebrae are separated by cartilaginous intervertebral disks. See more at skeleton.