Vertebral Column

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12 terms · Identifying characteristics of vertebrae in the vertebral column

cervical vertebra - typical

vertebral type with a forked spinous process

axis

pivots on C2; lacks a body

thoracic vertebra

bears facets for articulation with ribs; form part of bony thoracic cage

sacrum

forms a joint with the hip bone

lumbar vertebra

vertebra with blocklike body and short stout spinous process

coccyx

"tail bone"

atlas

articulates with the occipital condyles

lumbar curvature

five components; unfused

thoracic vertebra

twelve components; unfused

sacrum

five components; fused

fibrocartilage

tissue that makes up the intervertebral discs

herniated disc

ruptured disc where part of the disc distends and bulges out

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