zygapophysis

zygapophysis

[zig-uh-pof-uh-sis, zahy-guh-]
noun, plural zygapophyses [zig-uh-pof-uh-seez, zahy-guh-] . Anatomy.
one of the four processes of a vertebra, occurring in pairs that interlock each vertebra with the vertebrae above and below.

Origin:
1850–55; zyg- + apophysis

zygapophyseal, zygapophysial [zig-ap-uh-fiz-ee-uhl, zahy-gap-] , adjective
postzygapophyseal, adjective
postzygapophysial, adjective
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zygapophysis (ˌzɪɡəˈpɒfɪsɪs, ˌzaɪɡə-)
 
n , pl -ses
anatomy, zoology one of several processes on a vertebra that articulates with the corresponding process on an adjacent vertebra
 
[C19: from zygo- + apophysis]
 
zygapophyseal
 
adj

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