Meaning of vertebrate
Pronunciation: (vûr'tu-brit, -brāt"), [key]
- having vertebrae; having a backbone or spinal column.
- belonging or pertaining to the Vertebrata (or Craniata), a subphylum of chordate animals, comprising those having a brain enclosed in a skull or cranium and a segmented spinal column; a major taxonomic group that includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes.
- a vertebrate animal.
- vertebrate (Thesaurus)