vertebra

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vertebra

one of the bony segments of the spinal column

vertebra

[′vərd·ə·brə]
(anatomy)
One of the bones that make up the spine in vertebrates.
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In cod, saith and pollack, the abundance of abdominal vertebrae and the most anterior caudal vertebrae is within or close to the range exhibited by the cranial elements.
At Earl's Bu several lines of evidence suggest the importation of cured fish, but posterior caudal vertebrae are also missing (below).
Vertebral transition a modified Type A, with the tenth abdominal and first caudal vertebrae (only) with a small basal haemal canal, the main haemal arch of the first caudal vertebra expanded, that of the second about half the size of the first, remaining caudal haemal arches normal; swimbladder terminates at the haemal canal of second caudal vertebra.
orbit depth divided by HL; iom=interorbital width divided by HL; p6=pectoral-fin base depth divided by HL; p/=pectoral fin length divided by HL; cpuZ=caudal peduncle ventral length divided by HL; pdl=predorsal length divided by HL; ppZ=prepectoral length divided by HL; gr=the number of gill rakers on the entire gill arch; llp=the number of lateral-line pores; dp=the number of dermal plicae; ap=the number of anal-fin pterygiophores anterior to the first haemal spine; pcv=the number of precaudal vertebrae; and cv=the number of caudal vertebrae.
Total vertebrae 59-78, precaudal vertebrae 33-49, caudal vertebrae 21-28.