• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Vertebrarterial (Anat) Of or pertaining to a vertebra or vertebr√¶ and an artery; -- said of the foramina in the transverse processes of cervical vertebr√¶ and of the canal which they form for the vertebral artery and vein.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vertebrarterial Pertaining to a vertebra and an artery: specifically noting a foramen in the side of a cervical vertebra transmitting the vertebral artery. A vertebrarterial foramen is formed by the partial confluence of a rudimentary cervical rib, or pleurapophysis, with the transverse process proper, or diapophysis, of a cervical vertebra; the series of such foramina constitutes the vertebrarterial canal. This structure is one of the distinguishing characters of a cervical vertebra in man and many other animals. Also vertebro-arterial. See cut under cervical.
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