One of the small flat projections on the surfaces of the arches of the vertebrae on either side, at the point where the pedicles and laminae join, forming the zygapophysial joint surfaces; superior articular process, diapophysis; one of the anticular processes on the superior surface of the vertebral arch; inferior articular process, one of the articular processes on the inferior surface of the vertebral arch.
Synonym: processus articularis, zygapophysis.
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... degradation enabling interstitial growth, or gene signaling from the articular cartilage/synovial joint. When the articular cartilage is loaded ... of water upon deformation and perhaps cartilagenous signals trigger processes in the epiphysis.
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