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thoracic vertebra





vertebral column
Spinal column, lateral and posterior views
thoracic vertebrae
Thoracic vertebrae, Gray's Anatomy (1918)
thoracic vertebra, above
Thoracic vertebra seen from above, Gray's Anatomy (1918)
Any of the 12 vertebra in the spinal column to which the ribs are attached. Also known as the dorsal vertebrae, they lie between the cervical vertebrae (neck) and the lumbar vertebrae (lower back) and are characterized by the presence of facets for articulation with the ribs.


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