uncinate process

noun

Medical Definition of uncinate process 

: a hooklike body part: as

a : an irregular downwardly and backwardly directed process of each lateral mass of the ethmoid bone that articulates with the inferior nasal conchae

b : a bony upward projection arising from each side of the upper surface of any of the cervical vertebrae numbered three to seven and forming a raised lateral margin

c : the portion of the pancreas that wraps behind the superior mesenteric artery and superior mesenteric vein

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