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

  • adjective Of, relating to, or of the nature of a vertebra.
  • adjective Having or consisting of vertebrae.
  • adjective Having a spinal column.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of the nature of a vertebra; characteristic of or peculiar to vertebræ: as, vertebral elements or processes; vertebral segmentation.
  • Pertaining or relating to a vertebra or to vertebræ; spinal: as, vertebral arteries, nerves, muscles; a vertebral theory or formula.
  • Composed of vertebræ; axial, as the backbone of any vertebrate; spinal; rachidian: as, the vertebral column.
  • Having vertebræ; backboned; vertebrate: as, a vertebral animal.
  • In Echinodermata, axial: noting the median ossicles of the ray of any starfish, a series of which forms a solid internal axis of any ray or arm, each ossicle consisting of two lateral halves united by a longitudinal suture, and articulated by tenon-and-mortise joints upon their terminal surfaces. See Ophiuridæ, and cuts under Asteriidæ and Astrophyton.
  • In entomology, situated on or noting the median line of the upper surface.
  • noun A vertebrate.
  • noun A vertebral artery.
  • noun One of the unpaired horny plates which cover the median dorsal portion of the carapace of a turtle.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.), rare A vertebrate.
  • adjective (Anat.) Of or pertaining to a vertebra, vertebræ, or the vertebral column; spinal; rachidian.
  • adjective Vertebrate.

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

  • adjective Of or relating to a vertebra or the spine.
  • adjective Having or made of vertebrae.
  • adjective Having a spinal column.

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

  • adjective of or relating to or constituting vertebrae


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