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Pronunciation: denz, den'tez

Definition: A strong toothlike process projecting upward from the body of the axis (second cervical vertebra), or epistropheus, around which the atlas rotates.

Synonym(s): tooth

Synonym(s): dens axisTA, odontoid process of epistropheus, odontoid process


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