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Bone: Articular processes
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A thoracic vertebra. (Superior labeled at top; inferior labeled at bottom.)
Latin p. articularis inferior vertebrae, p. articularis superior vertebrae,
Gray's subject #20 97
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Overview

The articular processes (zygapophyses) of a vertebra, two superior and two inferior, spring from the junctions of the pedicles and laminæ.

  • The superior processes project upward from a lower vertebra, and their articular surfaces are directed more or less backward.
  • The inferior processes project downward from a higher vertebra, and their articular surfaces are directed more or less forward and outward.

The articular surfaces are coated with hyaline cartilage.

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This article was originally based on an entry from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy. As such, some of the information contained herein may be outdated. Please edit the article if this is the case, and feel free to remove this notice when it is no longer relevant.

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