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Costal Facet of Tenth Thoracic Vertebra
Skeletal System

Costal Facet of Tenth Thoracic Vertebra

Fovea costalis vertebrae thoracicae decimae

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The costal facets are the smooth articular areas on the vertebral body of the tenth thoracic vertebra. They are found on the upper edge of the posterolateral aspects of the vertebral body, just anterior to the roots of the pedicles.

Each costal facet of the tenth thoracic vertebra is a complete facet that articulates with the head of the tenth rib, forming the joint of the head of the tenth rib.

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Thoracic Vertebra

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The ninth thoracic vertebra may only have a costal demi-facet on the superior part of the body and be devoid of one below, although there is always a corresponding articular facet present on the transverse process for the tubercle of the ninth rib.

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