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Coracoid process of the scapula is:

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Coracoid process of the scapula is:

a. Pressure epiphysis

b. Traction epiphysis

c. Atavistic epiphysis

d. Aberrant epiphysis

Ref: Clinical anatomy, Kulkarni 2nd ed. P 73

Answer: c. Atavistic epiphysis

Types of Epiphysis :

Pressure: Seen at the end of long bones subjected to pressure. E.g. Femur, head of the humerus, condyles of tibia and femur.  Traction: Formed due to pull of muscles. E.g. Mastoid process, tibial tuberosity, tubercles, trochanters.  Atavastic: Functional in lower animals. Degenerated in humans E.g. Coracoid process of scapula, os trigonum of talus  Abberant: It is an extra epiphysis. E.g. Proximal end of 1st metacarpal bone.

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