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vertebra prominens


Definition: 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

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