Prominent vertebra
The 7th cervical (neck) vertebra (C7) is sometimes called the prominent vertebra because of the length of its spinous process (the projection off the back of the vertebral body). The spinous process of the top thoracic vertebra (T1) just below C7 is sometimes even more prominent than that of the "prominent vertebra".

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  • vertebra prominens — vertebra pro·mi·nens prä mi .nenz n the seventh cervical vertebra characterized by a prominent spinous process which can be felt at the base of the neck * * * [TA] prominent vertebra: the seventh cervical vertebra, so called because of the length …   Medical dictionary

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  • prominent — pro|minẹnt, in fachspr. Fügungen: pro̱|minens [zu lat. prominere = hervorragen]: vorspringend, hervorragend, vorragend; z. B. in der Fügung ↑Vertebra prominens (Anat.) …   Das Wörterbuch medizinischer Fachausdrücke

  • C7 (cervical vertebra) — C7 is the symbol for the 7th cervical (neck) vertebral bone (C7) which is sometimes called the prominent vertebra due to the length of its spinous process (the projection off the back of the vertebral body). The spinous process of the top… …   Medical dictionary

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  • C1-C7 (cervical vertebrae) — C1 through C7 are the symbols for the cervical (neck) vertebrae, the upper 7 vertebrae in the spinal column (the vertebral column). C1 is called the atlas. It supports the head and is named for the Greek god Atlas who was condemned to support the …   Medical dictionary

  • prominens — Prominent; in anatomy, denoting a prominence. [L.] * * * prominens see VERTEBRA PROMINENS …   Medical dictionary

  • Bone — This article is about the skeletal organ. For other uses, see Bone (disambiguation) and Bones (disambiguation). For the tissue, see Osseous tissue. Drawing of a human femur Bones are rigid organs that constitute part of the endoskeleton of… …   Wikipedia

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