Meaning of parapophysis in English:

parapophysis

Pronunciation /ˌparəˈpɒfɪsɪs/

noun

Zoology
  • Either of a pair of transverse processes on the ventral side of the centrum of a vertebra, often serving as a point of attachment for a rib.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Richard Owen (1804–1892), comparative anatomist and palaeontologist. From para- + apophysis.