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dens

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noun \ˈdenz\

Medical Definition of dens

plural

dentes

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  1. :  a toothlike process that projects from the anterior end of the centrum of the axis in the spinal column, serves as a pivot on which the atlas rotates, and is morphologically the centrum of the atlas though detached from that vertebra and more or less perfectly united with the next one behind—called also odontoid process




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