Meaning of vertebra


Pronunciation: (vûr'tu-bru), [key]
— pl. -brae -bras.
  1. any of the bones or segments composing the spinal column, consisting typically of a cylindrical body and an arch with various processes, and forming a foramen, or opening, through which the spinal cord passes.
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