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coccyx

(kŏk`sĭks): see spinal columnspinal column,
bony column forming the main structural support of the skeleton of humans and other vertebrates, also known as the vertebral column or backbone. It consists of segments known as vertebrae linked by intervertebral disks and held together by ligaments.
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coccyx

[′käk‚siks]
(anatomy)
The fused vestige of caudal vertebrae forming the last bone of the vertebral column in humans and certain other primates.

coccyx

a small triangular bone at the end of the spinal column in man and some apes, representing a vestigial tail
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He's found a tail bone from a meat-eating Allosaurus that shows a silver-dollar-size hole and a wide gash that a Stegosaurus' spike could have inflicted.
Terrell Brandon, the Cleveland Cavaliers' leading scorer, will miss about two weeks because of a bruised tail bone and sprained right rotator cuff.
The Cleveland Cavaliers placed leading scorer Terrell Brandon on the injured list because of a bruised tail bone and sprained right rotator cuff.
Anatomists have bestowed Latin-derived names on nearly every bone in the human body, from the tail bone (coccyx) to the thumb (pollex) and pinkie finger (digitus minimus).
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A partial skeleton of Balaur, including leg, hip, vertebrae, arms, rib and tail bones, was unearthed from a former floodplain near the city of Sebes in central Romania.
It lived in what is now northern China, where scientists from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing found most of its leg and tail bones.
Xu and his colleagues recovered most of the creature's limb and tail bones as well as partial remains of its lower jaw and spinal column.