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spinous process

noun, Anatomy, Zoology
1.
a spinelike process of a bone, especially the dorsal projection from the center of the arch of a vertebra.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35
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  • The spinous process is developed from the junction of the two halves of the vertebral arch.
spinous process in Medicine

spinous process n.

  1. See sphenoidal spine.

  2. The dorsal projection from the center of a vertebral arch.

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