from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of the bones or cartilaginous segments forming the spinal column.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the small bones which make up the backbone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the serial segments of the spinal column.
- n. One of the central ossicles in each joint of the arms of an ophiuran.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Vertebrata, any bone of the spine; any segment of the backbone. See backbone and spine.
- n. In echinoderms, any one of the numerous axial ossicles of the arms of starfishes. See vertebral, a.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one of the bony segments of the spinal column
Very good explanation of why the vertebra is probably "lost", BTW.
Alas, the 1060 mm that I gave in those two articles is, while not technically incorrect, not the standardised ‘total length’ of the specimen for, rather than including prezygapophysis length, the standard way of measuring a sauropod vertebra is to stick to centrum length alone.
In the previous post I introduced the long, tedious, much-delayed technical project on MIWG. 7306, a giant brachiosaurid cervical vertebra from the Isle of Wight.
A giant brachiosaurid cervical vertebra from the Wessex Formation (Early Cretaceous) of southern England.
In the photo above, Luis is holding a caudal vertebra from a hadrosaurid that bears a deep score mark across its surface.
A brachiosaurid sauropod vertebra from the Wessex Formation (Wealden Group, Lower Cretaceous) of Sudmoor Point
The enigmatic one featuring the vertebra is from sauropod worker Mike P. Taylor; the festive dromaeosaur is from (... who else) Luis Rey; the hat-wearing Mantellisaurus is from Simon Clabby (Mantellisaurus is the iguanodont dinosaur formerly known as Iguanodon atherfieldensis.
After taking an X-ray, the doctors discovered that I broke the tip of my spine and C1 vertebra, which is at the base of the skull.
Many stomach problems may be due to a misalignment of the sixth thoracic vertebra, which is covered in my articles on the spinal column.
One in five women who break a vertebra of the spine will have another spinal fracture within the year, possibly leading to a fracture cascade that could leave them with a hump like Grandma.