Articulation of head of rib

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Articulation of head of rib
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The articulation of head of rib seen from the front
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Human thoracic vertebra. Notice the articulations for the ribs
Latin Articulatio capitis costae
Gray's p.299

The articulations of the heads of the ribs (or costocentral articulations) constitute a series of gliding or arthrodial joints, and are formed by the articulation of the heads of the typical ribs with the facets on the contiguous margins of the bodies of the thoracic vertebrae and with the intervertebral fibrocartilages between them; the first, eleventh and twelfth ribs each articulate with a single vertebra.

The ligaments of the joints are:

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.