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- n. The ventral transverse, or capitular, process of a vertebra.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The ventral transverse, or capitular, process of a vertebra. See vertebra.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The inferior or (in man) anterior one of two transverse processes which may exist on each side of a vertebra, the superior or posterior one being a diapophysis.
- n. In fishes, a transverse process of the abdominal vertebræ. These processes usually bear ribs.
* In tetrapods with two-headed ribs, the more ventral rib head contacts a facet on the vertebra known as the parapophysis (plural parapophyses), while the more dorsal rib head contacts a facet known as the diapophysis (plural diapophyses).
Page 214 quarter inches long, including convexity, which equals half an inch, and six inches from the end of one parapophysis to the other; across the concave articulation nearly two and a half inches; across the convex, two inches; length of the lateral process, nearly two inches.
: D, dorsal vertebra; di, diapophysis; pa, parapophysis; pcdl, posterior centrodiapophyseal lamina; poz, postzygapophysis; ppdl, paradiapophyseal lamina; prz, prezygapophysis. [planned for page width] doi: 10.1371/journal. pone.0009789.g004
As in other basal sauropodomorphs, a thin laminar paradiapophyseal lamina extends from the parapophysis along the ventral surface of the transverse process.