zygapophysis

noun

zyg·​apoph·​y·​sis ˌzī-gə-ˈpä-fə-səs How to pronounce zygapophysis (audio)
plural zygapophyses ˌzī-gə-ˈpä-fə-ˌsēz How to pronounce zygapophysis (audio)
: any of the articular processes of the neural arch of a vertebra of which there are usually two anterior and two posterior

Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zygapophysis was in 1854

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“Zygapophysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zygapophysis. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

zygapophysis

noun
zyg·​apoph·​y·​sis ˌzī-gə-ˈpäf-ə-səs How to pronounce zygapophysis (audio)
plural zygapophyses -ˌsēz How to pronounce zygapophysis (audio)
: any of the articular processes of the neural arch of a vertebra of which there are usually two anterior and two posterior
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