atlanto-occipital

adjective
at·​lan·​to-oc·​cip·​i·​tal | \ -äk-ˈsip-ət-ᵊl How to pronounce atlanto-occipital (audio) \

Medical Definition of atlanto-occipital

: relating to or being structures (as a joint or ligament) joining the atlas and the occipital bone The atlanto-occipital joint straddles the spinal cord and the foramen magnum on either side and is V-shaped, slanting caudally and medially.— Bentley A. Ogoke, Pain Physician, July 2000 A blow to the neck by a hockey puck may produce arterial rupture where the vertebral artery penetrates the posterior atlanto-occipital membrane or the dura mater.— Barry J. Maron et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association, 6 Aug. 2003

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“Atlanto-occipital.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/atlanto-occipital. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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