Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In geology, the focus or place of origin of an earthquake.
  • noun A center. Specifically
  • noun In anatomy:
  • noun The body of a vertebra: the solid piece to which the arches and some other parts are or may be attached.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) The body, or axis, of a vertebra. See vertebra.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The central body of each vertebra

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

  • noun the main body of a vertebra

Etymologies

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

[Latin, center; see center.]

Examples

  • The large expanse of medullary matter now exposed, surrounded by the convoluted margin of gray substance, is called the centrum ovale majus.

    IX. Neurology. 4c. The Fore-brain or Prosencephalon

  • Six totally renovated hallways, each with 15 to 18 private (the whole facility is private) rooms extend spokelike from a centerpoint known as the centrum which itself is a major congregation area with couches, big screen television and a fireplace.

    Salem News

  • Thus when the basilar process of the human occipital bone is determined to be the 'centrum' or 'body' of the last cranial vertebra, its _general homology_ is enunciated.

    Form and Function A Contribution to the History of Animal Morphology

  • The parchment directs him to a volcano in Iceland and tells him: Descende, audax viator… et terrestre centrum attinges Descend, bold traveler… and you will attain the center of the Earth.

    First Contact

  • The parchment directs him to a volcano in Iceland and tells him: Descende, audax viator, et terrestre centrum attinges Descend, bold traveler, and you will attain the center of the Earth.

    Space Odyssey: Scientists go to the extremes of the earth to divine the secrets of extraterrestrial life.

  • Dat kan ik niet geven, want ik heb hem alleen gezien toen ik het centrum inging omdat ik bij de Goblin was geweest.

    The weather at Omen doesn't look as depressing as I thought

  • The parchment directs him to a volcano in Iceland and tells him: Descende, audax viator… et terrestre centrum attinges Descend, bold traveler… and you will attain the center of the Earth.

    First Contact

  • At the jewish centrum Chabad Lubavitch 8 Israelian hostages were freed.

    Indian Commandos Free 8 Israeli Hostages as Siege Continues

  • Dylan Chivian coined the name “audaxviato” from a phrase found in Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth, in a message – "Conveniently in Latin," says Chivian -- deciphered by Verne's protagonist, Professor Lidenbrock, which reads in part, "descende, Audax viator, et terrestre centrum attinges."

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • Dylan Chivian coined the name “audaxviato” from a phrase found in Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth, in a message – "Conveniently in Latin," says Chivian -- deciphered by Verne's protagonist, Professor Lidenbrock, which reads in part, "descende, Audax viator, et terrestre centrum attinges."

    Single Species Ecosystem At The Earth's Core

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