intervertebral foramenmedical dictionary

<anatomy> One of a number of openings into the vertebral canal bounded by the pedicles of adjacent vertebrae above and below, the vertebral body (mostly of the superior vertebra) and intervertebral disc anteriorly, and the articular processes forming the zygopophyseal joint posteriorly.

Synonyms: foramen intervertebrale.

(05 Mar 2000)