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Facet: A small, smooth-surfaced end of a bony projection (articular process) that functions as part of a joint.

Facet joint: Each of four joints formed above, below, and on either side of a vertebra. The lower bony projection of one vertebra meets the upper projections of the vertebra below it, forming facet joints.

Facetectomy: Surgical removal of one of the facets; excision of a facet joint.

Falx cerebri: An extension of dura between the right and left hemispheres of the brain.

Fontanelle: Normal openings in the skull of infants. The largest of these is the anterior fontanelle, the "soft spot" in the middle of the head. More about craniofacial anomalies.

Foramen: A hole or opening that acts as a passageway for nerves or blood vessels.

Foraminotomy: Surgical enlargement of the foramen/foramina.

Fractionated therapy: Stereotactic radiation that is given in multiple lower-dose treatments rather than in a single session. More about our Stereotactic Radiotherapy Program

Fusiform aneurysm: A sausage-like enlargement of the blood vessel.