vertebrates

[ (vur-tuh-bruhts, vur-tuh-brayts) ]

Animals that have a spinal cord enclosed in a backbone.

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notes for vertebrates

The five traditional classes of vertebrates are amphibians, birds, fishes, mammals, and reptiles. (Compare invertebrates.)

notes for vertebrates

Human beings are vertebrates.
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