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Definition of Vertebra, prominent

Vertebra, prominent: 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".

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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