Definition of odontoid in English:


Line breaks: odont|oid
Pronunciation: /ə(ʊ)ˈdɒntɔɪd
(also odontoid process)


  • A projection from the second cervical vertebra (axis) on which the first (atlas) can pivot: [as modifier]: the anterior odontoid joint
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    • The axis possesses an ovate odontoid process for articulation with the preceding atlas.
    • One of the serious complications of RA result from involvement of the synovium around the odontoid process.
    • Some months ago a less than dramatic surfing accident left me with an odontoid fracture and an abrupt suspension of my life as a research paediatrician in the Gambia.


early 19th century: from Greek odontoeidēs, from odous, odont- 'tooth' + eidos 'form'.

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