American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of the bones or cartilaginous segments forming the spinal column.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Vertebrata, any bone of the spine; any segment of the backbone. See backbone and spine. Specifically— Broadly, any axial metamere of a vertebrate, whether osseous, cartilaginous, or merely fibrous, including the segments of the skull as well as those of the trunk.
- n. In echinoderms, any one of the numerous axial ossicles of the arms of starfishes. See vertebral, a.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) One of the serial segments of the spinal column.
- n. (Zoöl.) One of the central ossicles in each joint of the arms of an ophiuran.
- n. one of the bony segments of the spinal column
- From Latin vertebra ("joint"), from vertere, "to turn". Having multiple vertebrae (plural of vertebra) in one's backbone instead of having a single bone or solid spine, allows for the movement of the body with bends and turns. Hence meaning 1. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin, from vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Very good explanation of why the vertebra is probably "lost", BTW.”
“Alas, the 1060 mm that I gave in those two articles is, while not technically incorrect, not the standardised ‘total length’ of the specimen for, rather than including prezygapophysis length, the standard way of measuring a sauropod vertebra is to stick to centrum length alone.”
“In the previous post I introduced the long, tedious, much-delayed technical project on MIWG. 7306, a giant brachiosaurid cervical vertebra from the Isle of Wight.”
“A giant brachiosaurid cervical vertebra from the Wessex Formation (Early Cretaceous) of southern England.”
“In the photo above, Luis is holding a caudal vertebra from a hadrosaurid that bears a deep score mark across its surface.”
“A brachiosaurid sauropod vertebra from the Wessex Formation (Wealden Group, Lower Cretaceous) of Sudmoor Point”
“The enigmatic one featuring the vertebra is from sauropod worker Mike P. Taylor; the festive dromaeosaur is from (... who else) Luis Rey; the hat-wearing Mantellisaurus is from Simon Clabby (Mantellisaurus is the iguanodont dinosaur formerly known as Iguanodon atherfieldensis.”
“After taking an X-ray, the doctors discovered that I broke the tip of my spine and C1 vertebra, which is at the base of the skull.”
“Many stomach problems may be due to a misalignment of the sixth thoracic vertebra, which is covered in my articles on the spinal column.”
“One in five women who break a vertebra of the spine will have another spinal fracture within the year, possibly leading to a fracture cascade that could leave them with a hump like Grandma.”
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