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/ˈvɜrtɨbrət/ Noun, pl. vertebrates 1. Zoology One of the vertebrata; an animal with a backbone. (   Adjective 1. Having vertebrae; having a backbone or spinal column. ( 2. Belonging or pertaining to the Vertebrata (or Craniata), a subphylum of chordate animals, comprising those having a brain enclosed in a skull or cranium and a segmented spinal column; a major taxonomic group that includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes....

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