[ vur-tuh-brey-tid ]

  1. having vertebrae; vertebral; vertebrate.

  2. composed of vertebrae or having segments resembling vertebrae.

Origin of vertebrated

First recorded in 1820–30; vertebrate + -ed2

Words Nearby vertebrated Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use vertebrated in a sentence

  • The class Mammalia is scientifically defined as “all animals which have a vertebrated skeleton and suckle their young.”

  • In some fishes with vertebrated tail fins the fin is symmetric (Fig. 300), and this seems to be the primitive type.

    The Elements of Geology | William Harmon Norton
  • This membrane is, we are told, common to all vertebrated animals, but is especially beautiful and lustrous in nocturnal animals.

    The Book of Cats | Charles H. Ross
  • Can the organisation of vertebrated animals be referred to one uniform type?

    Form and Function | E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  • The water-population of vertebrated animals first appears in the Upper Silurian.