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spinous process

n.
The long rearward projection from the arch of a vertebra that provides a point of attachment for muscles and ligaments.

spinous process

Etymology: L, spina, backbone, processus
a spinelike projection of bony tissue, such as the spinous process of a vertebra extending posteriorly from a vertebral arch. Also called spine.

spi·nous pro·cess

(spīn'ŭs pros'es)
1. The dorsal projection from the center of a vertebral arch.
2. Synonym(s): sphenoidal spine.

spinous process

The rearward projection of a vertebra.

spinous process (spīˑ·ns prôˑ·ses),

n the median process, which resembles a plate or spine, of a vertebra's neural arch. In chiropractic medicine, Daniel David Palmer was the first to use this specific process as a lever in the manual adjustment of a spine.
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Occasionally, the patient noticed cutaneous bruising over the L2 and L3 spinous processes, particularly following training sessions that included kip-ups requiring direct impact of the thoracolumbar spine on the floor.
The device has an oval core that is positioned between two spinous processes and is secured to the interspinous ligament by two lateral wings (Yi & McPherson, 2010).
The supraspinous ligaments are attached to the tips of the spinous processes and overlie the interspinous ligaments (Moore & Dalley 1999).
The X STOP is a titanium device that fits between the spinous processes of the symptomatic lumbar levels.
The lateral lumbar spine includes the intervertebral foramina, lateral view of the vertebral bodies and their alignment, the spinous processes and partial lateral view of the sacrum.
4) The semispinalis cervicus originates in the transverse processes of the thoracic vertebrae and inserts into the spinous processes of C2 through C7.
Due to the contour of the thoracic laminae and general orientation of the articular processes the zygapophysial joints appear to lie flat, close to the spinous processes with the prominent costotransverse joints lying more laterally (Figure 1).
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the cervical spine demonstrated an enhancing mass that involved the posterior aspects of C5 plus an abnormal signal within the adjacent spinous processes.
Figure 20-3 Sheep body condition scoring (Thompson & Meyer) Condition 1 (Emaciated) Spinous processes are sharp and prominent.
Spherical markers have also been directly adhered to the skin over spinous processes in order to obtain gross spinal kinematic information (Friedrich, Kranzl, Heiller, Kirtley, & Cermak, 2000; Gram & Hasan, 1999).
He considered that this change is secondary to mechanical factors, acting during the neck flexion, when the thick nuchal ligament is subjected to pressure and trauma as it passes over the spinous processes of the cervical vertebrae.