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vertebral

[vur-tuh-bruh l] /ˈvɜr tə brəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a vertebra or the vertebrae; spinal.
2.
resembling a vertebra.
3.
composed of or having vertebrae.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; vertebr(a) + -al1
Related forms
vertebrally, adverb
nonvertebral, adjective
postvertebral, adjective
prevertebral, adjective
subvertebral, adjective
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Examples from the web for vertebral
  • He was now paying the price for his calcium deficiency with multiple vertebral compression fractures.
  • In severe cases of lateral curvature of the vertebral column the thorax becomes much distorted.
  • The plexus on the vertebral artery is continued on to the basilar, posterior cerebral, and cerebellar arteries.
  • Ears, skulls and vertebral columns all underwent changes too.
Word Origin and History for vertebral
adj.

1680s, from vertebra + -al (1).

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vertebral in Medicine

vertebral ver·te·bral (vûr'tə-brəl, vər-tē'brəl)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or of the nature of a vertebra.

  2. Having or consisting of vertebrae.

  3. Having a spinal column.

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