Definition of odontoid in English:

odontoid

Syllabification: o·don·toid
Pronunciation: /ōˈdäntoid
 
/
(also odontoid process)

noun

Anatomy
  • A toothlike projection from the second cervical vertebra on which the first vertebra pivots.
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Origin

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

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