of or pertaining to a vertebra or the vertebrae; spinal.
resembling a vertebra.
composed of or having vertebrae.

1675–85; vertebr(a) + -al1

vertebrally, adverb
nonvertebral, adjective
postvertebral, adjective
prevertebral, adjective
subvertebral, adjective Unabridged
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vertebra (ˈvɜːtɪbrə)
n , pl -brae, -bras
one of the bony segments of the spinal column
[C17: from Latin: joint of the spine, from vertere to turn]

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

  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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Example sentences
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.
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