cervical vertebra

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Noun1.cervical vertebra - one of 7 vertebrae in the human spine located in the neck regioncervical vertebra - one of 7 vertebrae in the human spine located in the neck region
vertebra - one of the bony segments of the spinal column
cervix, neck - the part of an organism (human or animal) that connects the head to the rest of the body; "he admired her long graceful neck"; "the horse won by a neck"
atlas vertebra, atlas - the 1st cervical vertebra
axis vertebra, axis - the 2nd cervical vertebra; serves as a pivot for turning the head
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Commercial shell-fishing activities off the central New Jersey coast recovered a single cervical vertebra probably belonging to the extinct elkmoose, Alces scotti.
A single tusk, two upper third molars (M3), a portion of the cranium, a complete scapula, several thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, a cervical vertebra, various complete and fragmented ribs, and fragments of the shaft and articular end of a long bone were recovered (NMMNH 27704).
Each of the seven cervical vertebra in the neck and the 12 thoracic vertebra in the back also receive pain impulses from various organs.
The prospective, randomized IDE study compared the safety and effectiveness of SECURE[R]-C to ACDF using a cervical plate and structural allograft for patients with intractable symptomatic cervical disc disease (SCDD) between cervical vertebra C3 and C7.
Before fracturing his cervical vertebra, otherwise known as the 'hangman's break', Carden ran in several marathons to raise money for charities, including the Injured Jockeys' Fund, and the fall came a short time after he set a new weightlifting record for his age group.
A DISPLACED cervical vertebra can lead to a pinched nerve, and you may end up with a neck ache.
On operation, an anterior approach was used for the spine and the left foramina and the corpus of the fourth cervical vertebra was exposed.
Although no skull was present, cut marks on the third cervical vertebra (C3) of the neck indicate the individual was beheaded (Figure 3).