from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The major part of a vertebra, exclusive of the bases of the neural arch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The central body of each vertebra

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The body, or axis, of a vertebra. See vertebra.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A center. Specifically
  • n. In anatomy:
  • n. The body of a vertebra: the solid piece to which the arches and some other parts are or may be attached.
  • n. The basis or fundamental portion of one of the cranial segments, regarded as analogous to vertebræ. Thus, the basioccipital is the centrum of the occipital segment of the skull.
  • n. In geology, the focus or place of origin of an earthquake.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the main body of a vertebra


Latin, center; see center.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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