zygapophysis

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Related to zygapophyses: Transverse costal facet, Articular pillar

zyg·a·poph·y·sis

 (zĭg′ə-pŏf′ĭ-sĭs, zī′gə-)
n. pl. zyg·a·poph·y·ses (-sēz′)
One of two usually paired processes of the neural arch of a vertebra that articulates with corresponding parts of adjacent vertebrae.

zyg′ap·o·phys′e·al, zyg′ap·o·phys′i·al (zĭg′ăp-ə-fĭz′ē-əl, zī′găp-) adj.

zygapophysis

(ˌzɪɡəˈpɒfɪsɪs; ˌzaɪɡə-)
n, pl -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1. (Anatomy) anatomy zoology one of several processes on a vertebra that articulates with the corresponding process on an adjacent vertebra
2. (Zoology) anatomy zoology one of several processes on a vertebra that articulates with the corresponding process on an adjacent vertebra
[C19: from zygo- + apophysis]
zygapophyseal, zygapophysial adj

zyg•a•poph•y•sis

(ˌzɪg əˈpɒf ə sɪs, ˌzaɪ gə-)

n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz)
one of the four processes of a vertebra, occurring in pairs that interlock each vertebra with the vertebrae above and below.
[1850–55]
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Small encrusting bryozoans are scattered across portions of the vertebra's surface, particularly along the neural canal and parts of the zygapophyses and pleurapophyses.
Dorsal zygapophyses prominent on anterior vertebrae, ventral zygapophyses present on posterior precaudal and caudal vertebrae.
Based on a large vertebra (length through the zygapophyses 26.