Anatomical neck of humerus

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Anatomical neck of humerus
Left humerus seen from the front (anatomical neck labeled at upper left).
Latin Collum anatomicum humeri
Gray's p.209
TA A02.4.04.003
FMA 23356
Anatomical terms of bone

The anatomical neck of the humerus is obliquely directed, forming an obtuse angle with the body of the humerus.

It is best marked in the lower half of its circumference; in the upper half it is represented by a narrow groove separating the head of the humerus from the two tubercles, the greater tubercle and the lesser tubercle.

It affords attachment to the articular capsule of the shoulder-joint, and is perforated by numerous vascular foramina.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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