Articulation of head of rib

The articulations of the heads of the ribs (or costocentral articulations) constitute a series of gliding or arthrodial joints, and are formed by the articulation of the heads of the typical ribs with the costal facets on the contiguous margins of the bodies of the thoracic vertebrae and with the intervertebral discs between them; the first, eleventh and twelfth ribs each articulate with a single vertebra.

Articulation of head of rib
The articulation of head of rib seen from the front
Human thoracic vertebra. Notice the articulations for the ribs
LatinArticulatio capitis costae
Anatomical terminology

The ligaments of the joints are:

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