One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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 haemapophysis, neurapophysis.
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