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Medical Term:

vertebral body


the main portion of a vertebra anterior to the vertebral canal, as distinct from the arches. [Usage note: the term “centrum” is frequently erroneously used as a synonym for vertbral body — however the developmental centrum is less than the body, which also inculdes parts of the developmental neural arches.]

Synonym(s): corpus vertebraeTA, body of vertebra

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