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Related to zygapophysis: transverse process, intervertebral foramen, Zygapophyseal joint, transverse foramen, diapophyses, Articular processes
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.
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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
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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.
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