articular process

articular process
articular process n either of two processes on each side of a vertebra that articulate with adjoining vertebrae:
a) one on each side of the neural arch that projects upward and articulates with an inferior articular process of the next more cranial vertebra called also superior articular process
b) one on each side of the neural arch that projects downward and articulates with a superior articular process of the next more caudal vertebra called also inferior articular process

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