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 vertebrae
Doctors around the world drive them into the vertebrae of patients with devastating back injuries.
You see, the spine is a row of vertebrae that was designed to be horizontal.Why Is Louis C.K. So Funny? He Uses Humor as a Moral Compass.|Andrew Romano|May 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They reportedly got back together a few months later after Soffer injured his vertebrae in a helicopter crash.Elle Macpherson Remarries; "Bling Ring" Copycats Attempt to Rob Paris Hilton|The Fashion Beast Team|August 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The vertebral column is very long, consisting of some sixty vertebrae.
Each of the first five vertebrae has a prominent, vertical, abruptly terminated neural spine, and straight transverse processes.
The bones found were the pelvis—that is, the two hipbones—and six vertebrae, or joints of the backbone.The Vanishing Man|R. Austin Freeman
The frowning surgeon supposed the fellow was trying to sever the vertebrae.The Sea and the Jungle|H. M. Tomlinson
The vertebrae are very numerous, short and deeply biconcave, imparting great flexibility to the backbone as in fishes.