a center.
Anatomy, Zoology. the body of a vertebra.
Mycology. collectively, all the structures enclosed within the ascocarp of a fungus.
Historical Examples

noun (pl) -trums, -tra (-trə)
the main part or body of a vertebra

centrum cen·trum (sěn’trəm)
n. pl. cen·trums or cen·tra (-trə)

A center of any kind, especially an anatomical center.

The major part of a vertebra, exclusive of the bases of the neural arch.


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