Definition of vertebra noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈvɜːtɪbrə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɜːrtɪbrə//
(pl. vertebrae
BrE BrE//ˈvɜːtɪbreɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɜːrtɪbreɪ//
; BrE BrE//ˈvɜːtɪbriː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɜːrtɪbriː//
Skeleton and muscles
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any of the small bones that are connected together to form the spine See related entries: Skeleton and muscles Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin, from vertere ‘to turn’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: vertebra