Superior Articular Process

Superior Articular Process The structure indicated is the superior articular process. There are 33 vertebrae which make up the spinal column: 7 cervical 12 thoracic 5 lumbar 5 fused sacral vertebrae 3-4 fused coccygeal vertebrae The typical vertebra consists of the following features: Vertebral body Vertebral arch (neural arch) consisting of lamina and pedicle Spinous process Transverse process Vertebral foramen (collectively form vertebral canal) Superior and inferior articular processes Superior and inferior vertebral notches The superior articular process articulates with the inferior articular process of the vertebrae above. These articulations are known as zyapophysial joints. The articular processes arise from …

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