vertebra prominens

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ver·te·bra pro·m'i·nens

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the vertebra in the cervicothoracic region which has the most prominent spinous process (seventh cervical vertebra in 70% of the cases, sixth in 20%, and first thoracic vertebra in 10%).
Synonym(s): nuchal tubercle

vertebra prominens

The seventh cervical vertebra.
See also: vertebra
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The cervical vertebrae should disarticulate after the seventh cervical and the seventh lumbar vertebrae should still be connected to the sacrum.
FM- foramen magnum, C7- seventh cervical vertebra, T1- first thoracic vertebra, T13- thirteenth thoracic vertebra, L1- first lumbar vertebra, L2- second lumbar vertebra, L3- third lumbar vertebra, L5- fifth lumbar vertebra, L6- sixth lumbar vertebra, S1- first sacral vertebra, S2- second sacral vertebra, S3- third sacral vertebra, S4- fourth sacral vertebra.
The vertebral artery arises from the first part of the subclavian artery and ascends vertically through the foramina of all but the seventh cervical vertebrae.
The nuchal ligament is an anatomic structure made of a fibroelastic membrane that extends from the occipital bone to the spine of the seventh cervical vertebra.
He fractured the seventh cervical vertebrae in his neck after whacking a wall at 230 mph during the Marlboro 500.
Fittipaldi fractured the seventh cervical vertebrae in his neck after crashing into a wall at 230 mph during Michigan's Marlboro 500.