transverse process

noun

Definition of transverse process

anatomy
: either of the two bony processes of a vertebra that project laterally from the neural arch at the junction of a pedicle and lamina and that provide attachment for muscles and ligaments concerned especially with rotation, lateral flexion, and stability of the spinal column

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Recent Examples on the Web Gipson hasn't been on the injury report lately, but has dealt with a broken wrist and a transverse process fracture in his back this season. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans activate J.J. Watt off injured reserve," 31 Dec. 2019 The transverse process is a small bony projection off the right and left side of each vertebrae. Tom Cavavan, courant.com, "Giants riding 7-game skid to another high draft pick," 25 Nov. 2019 Peppers has broken bone in back: Giants safety Jabrill Peppers sustained a fractured transverse process in his back. Tom Cavavan, courant.com, "Giants riding 7-game skid to another high draft pick," 25 Nov. 2019 Cam Newton suffered two transverse process fractures in a 2014 car accident, missed one game with the injuries and returned for the final two weeks of the regular season and the playoffs. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford dealing with 6-week injury, Tracy Walker back vs. Dallas," 17 Nov. 2019 The usual healing time for a transverse process fracture is 4-6 weeks, and as NFL quarterbacks Tony Romo, Cam Newton and Derek Carr can attest, this type of injury usually doesn’t result in career-ending complications. Rene Ferran For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "‘Just a freak injury.’ Jesuit star and top recruit Andy Alfieri done for 2019 season (most likely)," 16 Sep. 2019 Quarterback Derek Carr broke the transverse process in his back and missed just one game after being told he’d have some pain but wasn’t in danger of something more serious. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "How Kevin Durant’s injury applies to NFL’s weekly “to play or not to play” dilemma," 11 June 2019 Tony Romo and Cam Newton also notably had transverse processes in past seasons and missed a game. Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Vikings' Adam Thielen will play through pain," 21 Jan. 2018 Carr sustained a transverse process fracture in his back while getting sacked on Week 4. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Oakland Raiders use draft pick, trade to bolster offense under new coach Jon Gruden," 27 Apr. 2018

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1696, in the meaning defined above

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“Transverse process.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transverse%20process. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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transverse process

noun

Medical Definition of transverse process

: either of the two bony processes of a vertebra that project laterally from the neural arch at the junction of a pedicle and lamina and that provide attachment for muscles and ligaments concerned especially with rotation, lateral flexion, and stability of the spinal column

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