Skeletal Elements Vertebrae

There are 12 thoracic vertebrae.

• The vertebrae have facets on their bodies to articulate with the heads of ribs; each rib head articulates with the body of the numerically corresponding vertebra and the one below it

■ The thoracic vertebrae have facets on their transverse processes to articulate with the tubercles of the numerically corresponding ribs.

First rib Clavicle

Second rib Scapula

Manubrium of sternum Sternal angle

Body of sternum

Costochondral junction

Figure 111-2-2. The Thoracic Wall

First rib Clavicle

Second rib Scapula

Manubrium of sternum Sternal angle

Body of sternum

Costochondral junction

Figure 111-2-2. The Thoracic Wall

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