The Spine

Thoracic vertebrae

It is important to get to know your body and in particular the function of the spine.
Bone: thoracic vertebrae
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A typical thoracic vertebra
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A typical thoracic vertebra, viewed from above. 

Orientation of vertebrae

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Latin vertebrae thoracales
Gray’s subject #22 102
MeSH Thoracic+Vertebrae

In human anatomy, twelve thoracic vertebrae compose the middle segment of the vertebral column, between the cervical vertebrae and the lumbar vertebrae. They are intermediate in size between those of the cervical and lumbar regions; they increase in size as one proceeds down the spine, the upper vertebrae being much smaller than those in the lower part of the region. They are distinguished by the presence of facets on the sides of the bodies for articulation with the heads of the ribs, and facets on the transverse processes of all, except the eleventh and twelfth, for articulation with the tubercles of the ribs.

 

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