transverse process


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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Tony Romo and Cam Newton also notably had transverse processes in past seasons and missed a game. Profootballdoc,, "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 Newton suffered two transverse process fractures in his back in a traffic accident on Dec. 9, 2014, in Charlotte, North Carolina, when his 1998 Dodge Ram truck was overturned when struck by another vehicle. Mark Inabinett,, "Cam Newton ready for football despite Ferrari-dump truck accident," 6 Apr. 2018 Carr was the latest high-profile quarterback to suffer a transverse process fracture. Profootballdoc,, "Derek Carr's curious transverse process recovery process," 23 Jan. 2018 On Monday, Todd Archer of reported that Scandrick had suffered a pair of transverse process fractures in his back and could miss at least one game. Ryan Wooden, ajc, "Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick has 2 transverse process fractures," 1 Dec. 2017 Derek Carr: Chao’s in-game assessment via video was a transverse process fracture in the Raiders quarterback’s back. Kevin Acee,, "Assessing PFD's analysis so far after Aaron Rodgers misstep," 19 Oct. 2017 The Oakland Raiders quarterback returned Sunday after missing one game with a multiple transverse process fractures in his back. Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY, "40 things we learned in Week 6 of the 2017 NFL season," 15 Oct. 2017 Carr missed Sunday's 30–17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens after suffering a transverse process fracture in his back. Chris Chavez,, "Raiders Expect QB Derek Carr Will Be Able To Return Vs. Chargers.," 9 Oct. 2017

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1696, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of transverse process

: a process that projects on the dorsolateral aspect of each side of the neural arch of a vertebra

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