|vertebrate (ˈvɜːtɪˌbreɪt, -brɪt)|
|1.||any chordate animal of the subphylum Vertebrata, characterized by a bony or cartilaginous skeleton and a well-developed brain: the group contains fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals|
|2.||of, relating to, or belonging to the subphylum Vertebrata|
vertebrate ver·te·brate (vûr'tə-brĭt, -brāt')
Having a spinal column.
Of or characteristic a vertebrate.
|vertebrate (vûr'tə-brĭt, -brāt') Pronunciation Key
Any of a large group of chordates of the subphylum Vertebrata (or Craniata), characterized by having a backbone. Vertebrates are bilaterally symmetrical and have an internal skeleton of bone or cartilage, a nervous system divided into brain and spinal cord, and not more than two pairs of limbs. Vertebrates have a well-developed body cavity (called a coelom) containing a chambered heart, large digestive organs, liver, pancreas, and paired kidneys, and their blood contains both red and white corpuscles. Vertebrates include fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.