odontoid process


odon·​toid process ō-ˈdän-ˌtȯid- How to pronounce odontoid process (audio)
: a toothlike process projecting from the anterior end of the centrum of the axis vertebra on which the atlas vertebra rotates

Word History

First Known Use

1755, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of odontoid process was in 1755

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“Odontoid process.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odontoid%20process. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

odontoid process

: dens
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