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atlas

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noun at·las \ˈat-ləs\

Medical Definition of atlas

  1. :  the first vertebra of the neck



Biographical Note for atlas

Atlas, Greek mythological character. In Greek legend Atlas was a Titan who took part in the revolt against the gods. As a punishment he was condemned to hold the heavens aloft forever. Atlas was usually represented as a human figure bearing the heavens or the celestial globe upon his shoulders.



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