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Inferior Costal Facet of Sixth Thoracic Vertebra
Skeletal System

Inferior Costal Facet of Sixth Thoracic Vertebra

Fovea costalis inferior vertebrae thoracicae sextae

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The inferior costal facets are the smooth articular areas on the vertebral body of the sixth thoracic vertebra. They are found on the lower edge of the posterolateral aspects of the vertebral body, just anterior to the intervertebral space.

Each inferior costal facet of the sixth thoracic vertebra is a demifacet that combines with the superior costal facet of the seventh thoracic vertebra to form the area that articulates with the head of the seventh rib, forming the joint of the head of the seventh 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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