Meaning of metapophysis in English:


Pronunciation /mɛtəˈpɒfɪsɪs/


Zoology Anatomy
  • An accessory process or prominence on certain vertebrae; (Anatomy) a rounded prominence on the superior articular process of the lumbar and twelfth thoracic vertebrae (also called mammillary process).


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Richard Owen (1804–1892), comparative anatomist and palaeontologist. From meta- + apophysis. Compare earlier neurapophysis and slightly later haemapophysis.