intervertebral foramen


Definition of intervertebral foramen 

anatomy : an opening on the left and right side of the spinal column between vertebrae that is formed by a superior and inferior notch in the pedicles (see pedicle sense 3) of contiguous vertebrae and gives passage to the spinal nerves from the vertebral canal Exiting from these intervertebral foramina are nerves which control many body functions, including the digestive, endocrine, vascular or circulatory, muscular, and respiratory or pulmonary systems. —Chester A. Wilk

First Known Use of intervertebral foramen

circa 1849, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of intervertebral foramen 

: any of the openings that give passage to the spinal nerves from the vertebral canal and are formed by the juxtaposition of superior and inferior notches in the pedicles of contiguous vertebrae

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