Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 15 On the Vertebrae of the Neck or Cervix

The nature of the transverse processes of the neck vertebrae.

The transverse processes in the remaining vertebrae [cervicales] of the neck are not much extended, particularly those of the second vertebra (u in figs. 5, 6, 7), which has a short and single transverse process on each side. It is seen that it is less prominent in the second vertebra [axis] than in the others and is shorter because of the breadth


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and thickness of this vertebra's protuberances 104 [facies articularis superior], which enter the depressions [fovea articularis inferior] of the first. This breadth of the protuberances is also the reason why the foramen (x in figs. 5, 7, 11) [f. transversarium] piercing the transverse process of the second vertebra is carved not straight but obliquely — unlike the one in the first neck vertebra [atlas] and the five vertebrae beneath the second (a in fig. 8), whose transverse processes are pierced by a vertical, wide foramen.



Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 15 On the Vertebrae of the Neck or Cervix