zygapophysis
noun (plural zygapophyses) Etymology: New Latin Date: 1854 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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  • Zygapophysis — yg a*poph y*sis, n.; pl. {Zygapophyses}. [Gr. ? a yoke + E. apophysis.] (Anat.) One of the articular processes of a vertebra, of which there are usually four, two anterior and two posterior. See under {Vertebra}. {Zyg ap*o*phys i*al}, a. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • zygapophysis — [zig΄ə päf′ə sis, zī΄gəpäf′ə sis] n. pl. zygapophyses [zig΄ə päf′əsēz΄, zī΄gə päf′əsēz΄] [ModL < Gr zygon,YOKE + APOPHYSIS] any of the processes of the neural arch of a vertebra by which it articulates with an adjacent vertebra zygapophyseal… …   English World dictionary

  • zygapophysis — articular process that extends forward and backward of neural arches and help to strengthen the union between vertebrae …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • zygapophysis — zygapophyseal, zygapophysial /zig ap euh fiz ee euhl, zuy gap /, adj. /zig euh pof euh sis, zuy geuh /, n., pl. zygapophyses / seez /. Anat. one of the four processes of a vertebra, occurring in pairs that interlock each vertebra with the… …   Universalium

  • zygapophysis — noun One of the articular processes of a vertebra, of which there are usually four, two superior and two inferior …   Wiktionary

  • zygapophysis — SYN: articular process, articular process. [G. zygon, yoke, + apophysis, offshoot] z. inferior [TA] SYN: inferior articular process. z. superior [TA] SYN: superior articular process. * * * zyg·apoph·y·sis .zī gə päf ə səs …   Medical dictionary

  • zygapophysis — n. protuberances of the vertebrae (Anatomy, Zoology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • zygapophysis — zyg·apophysis …   English syllables

  • zygapophysis — zyg•a•poph•y•sis [[t]ˌzɪg əˈpɒf ə sɪs, ˌzaɪ gə [/t]] n. pl. ses [[t] ˌsiz[/t]] anat. one of the four processes of a vertebra, occurring in pairs that interlock each vertebra with the vertebrae above and below • Etymology: 1850–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • zygapophysis — /zɪgəˈpɒfəsəs/ (say ziguh pofuhsuhs), /zaɪgə / (say zuyguh ) noun (plural zygapophyses /zɪgəˈpɒfəsiz/ (say ziguh pofuhseez), /zaɪgə / (say zuyguh )) one of the articular processes upon the neural arch of a vertebra, usually occurring in two pairs …   Australian English dictionary

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