Spinous process

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The spinous process is the part of a vertebra (back bone) that protrudes out the back of the body and can easily be seen and felt down the middle of the back. It is used to attach muscles and ligaments to the spinal column.

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A sagittal section of the spinal column. The left side is inside the body, the right is the outside edge of the middle of the back.
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