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Inferior Articular Facets of Axis
Skeletal System

Inferior Articular Facets of Axis

Facies articulares inferior axis

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The inferior articular facets are the smooth, flat, anteroinferiorly facing articular areas on the inferior articular processes of the axis (second cervical vertebra). They articulate with the corresponding superior articular facets of the third cervical vertebra, forming zygapophyseal joints.

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Second Cervical Vertebra

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The second cervical vertebra, or axis, supports the dens, or odontoid process, which projects rostrally from the body, serving as a pivotal restraint against horizontal displacement of the atlas.

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