Head of the rib - Caput costae

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The head is marked by a kidney-shaped articular surface, divided by a horizontal crest into two facets for articulation with the depression formed on the bodies of two adjacent thoracic vertebræ; the upper facet is the smaller; to the crest is attached the interarticular ligament.


This definition incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy (20th U.S. edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, published in 1918 – from http://www.bartleby.com/107/).

Anatomical hierarchy

General Anatomy > Bones; Skeletal system > Axial skeleton > Thoracic skeleton > Rib > Head of the rib

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