neural arch

noun

Definition of neural arch 

anatomy

: an arch of bone or cartilage of a vertebra that is situated posterior to a vertebral body, is formed by the fusion of two pedicles and two laminae, and along with the back portion of the vertebral body forms a vertebral foramen through which the spinal cord passes The neural arch puts limits on the range of a spine's movement with pairs of interlocking tabs known as zygapophysis. —Carl Zimmer

called also vertebral arch

First Known Use of neural arch

1843, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about neural arch

Share neural arch

Dictionary Entries near neural arch

-neura

neurad

neural

neural arch

neural axis

neural cavity

neural crest

Statistics for neural arch

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for neural arch

The first known use of neural arch was in 1843

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for neural arch

neural arch

noun

Medical Definition of neural arch 

: the cartilaginous or bony arch enclosing the spinal cord on the dorsal side of a vertebra

called also vertebral arch

More from Merriam-Webster on neural arch

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about neural arch

Comments on neural arch

What made you want to look up neural arch? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!