Articulation of head of rib

Articulation of head of rib

The articulation of head of rib seen from the front

Human thoracic vertebra. Notice the articulations for the ribs
Latin Articulatio capitis costae

Anatomical terminology

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

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