Vertebrate meaning

vûrtə-brĭt, -brāt
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Having a backbone, or spinal column.
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Any of numerous chordate animals of the subphylum Vertebrata, characterized by a segmented spinal column and a distinct well-differentiated head. The vertebrates include the fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
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Relating to or characteristic of vertebrates or a vertebrate.
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Having a backbone or spinal column.
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Of or belonging to the vertebrates.
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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.
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Of or characteristic of vertebrates or a vertebrate.
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Having a backbone or spinal column.
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Any of a large subphylum (Vertebrata) of chordate animals, including all mammals, fishes, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, characterized by a brain enclosed in a cranium and a segmented spinal column.
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Any of numerous chordate animals of the subphylum Vertebrata, characterized by a segmented spinal column and a distinct well-differentiated head. The vertebrates include the fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
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The definition of a vertebrate is an animal that has a backbone or spinal column.

A bird that has a backbone is an example of a vertebrate.

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The definition of vertebrate is something related to the bones in your back or spine.

When you damage the bones in the back, this is an example of a time when you experience vertebrate injuries.

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Having a backbone.
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An animal having a backbone.
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See also vertebrate.
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Origin of vertebrate

  • Latin vertebrātus having joints from vertebra vertebra vertebra

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition