Fish vertebra

Fish vertebra, also known as codfish vertebra, describes the biconcave appearance of vertebrae (especially lumbar vertebrae).

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The term fish vertebrae is attributed to by Fuller Albright (1900-1969), American endocrinologist.  In 1941, he used the term to describe the likeness of the biconcave shape of human vertebrae to the biconcave shape of fish vertebrae; although the species was unspecified. In 1948, Fuller Albright and Edward Reifenstein (1908-1975), an American endocrinologist, provided images of codfish vertebra to illustrate the deformation of vertebral bodies seen in postmenopausal osteoporosis 5, hence the term codfish vertebrae.   

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rID: 8947
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Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Codfish vertebra
  • Fish vertebrae
  • Codfish vertebrae

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