Anterior arch of the atlas
|Bone: Anterior arch of the atlas|
|First cervical vertebra, or atlas. (Anter. arch visible at top.)|
|Latin||arcus anterior atlantis|
The anterior arch of the atlas forms about one-fifth of the ring of the atlas: its anterior surface is convex, and presents at its center the anterior tubercle for the attachment of the Longus colli muscles; posteriorly it is concave, and marked by a smooth, oval or circular facet (fovea dentis), for articulation with the odontoid process (dens) of the axis.
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