Process (anatomy)

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Latin processus
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Anatomical terminology

In anatomy, a process (Latin: processus), or apophysis, is a projection or outgrowth of tissue from a larger body.[1] For instance, in a vertebra, a process may serve for muscle attachment and leverage (as in the case of the transverse and spinous processes), or to fit (forming a synovial joint), with another vertebra (as in the case of the articular processes).[2]


Examples of processes include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  2. ^ Moore, Keith L. et al. (2010) Clinically Oriented Anatomy, 6th Ed, p.442 fig. 4.2