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noun, plural di·a·poph·y·ses [dahy-uh-pof-uh-seez] /ˌdaɪ əˈpɒf əˌsiz/. Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. the part of the transverse process of a thoracic vertebra that articulates with its corresponding rib.
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Origin of diapophysis

From New Latin, dating back to 1854; see origin at di-3, apophysis
Related formsdi·ap·o·phys·i·al [dahy-ap-uh-fiz-ee-uh l] /ˌdaɪ æp əˈfɪz i əl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for diapophysis


noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
  1. anatomy the upper or articular surface of a transverse vertebral process
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Derived Formsdiapophysial (ˌdaɪæpəˈfɪzɪəl), adjective

Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from di- ² + apophysis
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diapophysis in Medicine


n. pl. di•a•poph•y•ses (-sēz′)
  1. The superior or articular surface of the transverse process of a vertebra.
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