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
Contemporary Examples of 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.
Historical Examples of vertebra
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).
noun plural -brae (-briː) or -bras
Word Origin 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.