Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Situated beneath, or on the ventral side of, the vertebral column.
  • adj. Situated beneath, or inside of, the endoskeleton; hypaxial; hyposkeletal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Situated beneath, or on the ventral side of, the vertebral column; situated beneath, or inside of, the endoskeleton; hypaxial; hyposkeletal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Placed under a vertehra; lying under the vertebral or spinal column; subspinal or hypaxial.

Etymologies

sub- +‎ vertebral (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the reptiles (tortoises and crocodiles) a later dorsal part is joined to this earlier ventral part of the rudimentary diaphragm, a pair of subvertebral muscles rising from the vertebral column and being added as "columns" to the transverse partition.

    The Evolution of Man — Volume 2

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