All vertebrates belong to the phylum Chordata. All vertebrates can therefore be considered chordates.

All chordates possess the following characteristics at one stage of their life or another:

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Ver"te*brate (?), n. Zool.

One of the Vertebrata.


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Ver"te*brate (?), Ver"te*bra`ted (?), a. [L. vertebratus.]

1. Anat.

Having a backbone, or vertebral column, containing the spinal marrow, as man, quadrupeds, birds, amphibia, and fishes.

2. Bot.

Contracted at intervals, so as to resemble the spine in animals.


3. Zool.

Having movable joints resembling vertebrae; -- said of the arms ophiurans.

4. Zool.

Of or pertaining to the Vertebrata; -- used only in the form vertebrate.


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