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[vur-tuh-bruh l]
  1. of or relating to a vertebra or the vertebrae; spinal.
  2. resembling a vertebra.
  3. composed of or having vertebrae.
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Origin of vertebral

First recorded in 1675–85; vertebr(a) + -al1
Related formsver·te·bral·ly, adverbnon·ver·te·bral, adjectivepost·ver·te·bral, adjectivepre·ver·te·bral, adjectivesub·ver·te·bral, adjective
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Examples from the Web for vertebral

Contemporary Examples of vertebral

Historical Examples of vertebral

  • What Christian experience wants is thread, a vertebral column, method.

    Pax Vobiscum

    Henry Drummond

  • He divides the vertebral columns into cervical, dorsal, and lumbar portions.

    Fathers of Biology

    Charles McRae

  • The vertebral centra are unossified, and the tail is strongly heterocercal.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • This includes the vertebral column, the skull, and the ribs and sternum.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The vertebral column is very long, consisting of some sixty vertebrae.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

Word Origin and History for vertebral


1680s, from vertebra + -al (1).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vertebral in Medicine


(vûrtə-brəl, vər-tēbrəl)
  1. Of, relating to, or of the nature of a vertebra.
  2. Having or consisting of vertebrae.
  3. Having a spinal column.
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