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Superior Articular Facets of Axis
Skeletal System

Superior Articular Facets of Axis

Facies articulares superior axis

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

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