Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 3 Names by which the Parts and Surfaces of Bones are Identified

The function of processes

Processes contribute particularly to the good articulation and joining of bones, and also to the origin or insertion of many parts. For if bones did not swell out somewhere and were not drawn upward like hills and hollowed out again like valleys, very little could begin from them or be inserted into them. As it is, processes stand out from them like a mountain, from which more things spring forth than from level ground, and other things are then (so to speak) planted into it and built out over it. Indeed, processes serve in place of a rampart, as those of the scapulae and vertebrae will testify.



Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 3 Names by which the Parts and Surfaces of Bones are Identified