odontoid process definition

  • noun:
    • A small, toothlike, upward projection through the second vertebra regarding the neck around which the very first vertebra rotates.
    • a toothlike process at the back of 2nd vertebra of the throat
  • adjective:
    • the anterior means of the centrum associated with second vertebra, or axis, in birds and animals. See Axis.

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