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Head of rib

Head of rib
A central rib of the left side. Inferior aspect. (Head visible at upper right.)
A central rib of the left side, viewed from behind. (Head visible at upper right.)
Latin caput costae
Gray's subject #28 124

The head of the rib is the end of a rib closest to the vertebral column, with which it articulates.

It is marked by a kidney-shaped articular surface, divided by a horizontal crest into two facets for articulation with the depression formed on the bodies of two adjacent thoracic vertebrae; the upper facet is the smaller; to the crest is attached the interarticular ligament.

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