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Bone Terms

TermDefinition
condyle a large, rounded, articulating knob (the occipital condyle of the occipital bone).
facet A flattened or shallow articulating g surface (the crest facet of a thoracic vertebrae).
head A prominent, rounded, articulating end of a bone (the head of the femur).
crest A narrow, ridgelike projection (the iliac crest of the os coxa).
epicondyle A projection above a condyle (the medial epicondyle of the femur).
process Any bony prominence or projection (the mast process of the temporal bone).
spine A sharp, slender process (the spine of the scapular).
trochanter A massive process found only on the femur (the greater trochanter of the femur).
tubercle A small, rounded process(the greater tubercle of the humerus).
tuberosity A large, roughened process (the radial tuberosity of the radius)
alveolus A deep pit or socket (the alveolus for teeth in the maxilla).
fissure A narrow, slitlike opening (the superior orbital fissure of the sphenoid bone.
foramen (foramina) A rounded opening through a bone (the foramen magnum of the occipital bone).
fossa A flattened or shallow basin (the mandibular fossa of the temporal bone)
fovea A small pit or depression (the fovea capitis of the femur).
meatus/canal A tubelike passageway into a bone (the external auditory meatus of the temporal bone).
sinus A cavity or hollow space in a bone (the frontal sinus of the frontal bone).
sulcus A groove that accommodates a vessel, nerve or tendon (the intratubercular sulcus of the humerus)
 

 



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