noun, plural ver·te·brae [vur-tuh-bree, -brey] /ˈvɜr təˌbri, -ˌbreɪ/, ver·te·bras. Anatomy, Zoology.
- vertebra dentata,
- vertebra plana,
- vertebral arch,
- vertebral artery
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.
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.