odontoid process

noun (1)
odon·​toid process | \ ō-ˈdän-ˌtȯid- How to pronounce odontoid process (audio) \

Definition of odontoid process

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a toothlike process projecting from the anterior end of the centrum of the axis vertebra on which the atlas vertebra rotates

odontoid ligament

noun (2)

Definition of odontoid ligament (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of three ligaments that pass from the odontoid process to the margins of the foramen magnum

First Known Use of odontoid process

Noun (1)

1755, in the meaning defined above

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“Odontoid process.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odontoid?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=o&file=odont13m. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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