Definition of zygapophysis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌziɡəˈpäfəsis/ /ˌzīɡə-/

noun (plural zygapophyses)

One of the two paired processes of a vertebra that interlock it with the adjacent vertebrae.
Example sentences
  • In small individuals the transverse process extends only a little beyond the span of the zygapophysis.
  • As a result, we have found that, as the amount of mandible deviation increases with the mandible laterodeviation cases, there is a deviation amount increase with the zygapophysis and coronoid process; however, the relationship has different tendencies.
  • The causes of intervertebral foramen stenosis are uncinate process articulation hyperosteogeny, intervertebral disc protrusion, vertebral body hypertrophy, zygapophysis hyperosteogeny, dislocation et al.
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