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Terms Used to Describe Skeletal Structures

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condyle
a rounded process that usually articulates with another bone
crest
a narrow, ridgelike projection
epicondyle
a projection situated above a condyle
facet
a small, nearly flat surface
fissure
a cleft or groove
fontanel
a soft spot in the skull where membranes cover the space between bones
foramen
an opening through a bone that usually serves a passageway fro blood vessels, nerves, or ligaments
fossa
a relatively deep pit or depression
fovea
a tiny pit or depression
head
an enlargement on the end of a bone
linea
a narrow ridge
meatus
a tubelike passageway within a bone
process
a prominent projection on a bone
ramus
a branch or similar extension
sinus
a cavity within a bone
spine
a thornlike projection
suture
an interlocking line of union between bones
trochanter
a relatively large process
tubercle
a small, knoblike process
tuberosity
a knoblike process usually larger than a turbercle
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