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joint of head of rib


Definition: the synovial joint between a rib and bodies of two adjacent vertebrae; the joint cavity is divided by an intraarticular ligament that attaches to the intervertebral disc; the first, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth ribs articulate with only one vertebra.

Synonym(s): articulatio capitis costaeTA, capitular joint

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