vertebra prominens


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ver·te·bra pro·m'i·nens

[TA]
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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