Definitions for: Vertebrate

[n] animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium
[adj] (zoology) having a backbone or spinal column; "fishes and amphibians and reptiles and birds and mammals are verbetrate animals"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ver"te*brate, n. (Zo["o]l.)
One of the Vertebrata.

Ver"te*brate, Vertebrated Ver"te*bra`ted, a. [L.
1. (Anat.) Having a backbone, or vertebral column, containing
the spinal marrow, as man, quadrupeds, birds, amphibia,
and fishes.

2. (Bot.) Contracted at intervals, so as to resemble the
spine in animals. --Henslow.

3. (Zo["o]l.) Having movable joints resembling vertebr[ae];
-- said of the arms ophiurans.

4. (Zo["o]l.) Of or pertaining to the Vertebrata; -- used
only in the form vertebrate.

Synonyms: craniate

Antonyms: invertebrate

See Also: Amniota, amniote, amphibian, aquatic vertebrate, belly, bird, caudal appendage, chest, chordate, costa, Craniata, dactyl, digit, fetus, foetus, gnathostome, mammal, pectus, pedal extremity, reptile, reptilian, rib, subphylum Craniata, subphylum Vertebrata, tail, tetrapod, thorax, Vertebrata, vertebrate foot

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