ver·te·brate (vûr′tə-brĭt, -brāt′) adj. 1. Having a backbone or spinal column. 2. Of or characteristic of vertebrates or a vertebrate.
Etymology. The word vertebrate derives from the Latin word vertebratus , meaning joint of the spine.  It is closely related to the word vertebra, which refers to ...
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Some 28 percent of the vertebrate species red-listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature live there.
Vertebrate, also called Craniata, any animal of the subphylum Vertebrata, the predominant subphylum of the phylum Chordata. They have backbones, from which they ...
Vertebrate Basics Vertebrates are the most advanced organisms on Earth. The traits that make all of the animals in this section special are their spinal cords ...
Characteristic of vertebrates. In addition to the spinal cord, central nervous system, and unique muscular system, vertebrates also are characterized by an internal ...
having a backbone, or spinal column; of or belonging to the vertebrates; Origin of vertebrate. Classical Latin vertebratus; from vertebra: see vertebra
:any of a subphylum (Vertebrata) of chordates possessing a spinal column that includes the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes
Man agrees in all these respects with the other vertebrates, and must have descended with them from the same common root.