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Inferior costal fovea of thoracic ...


Description

This is a smooth, shallow indentation on the inferior edge of the vertebral body just anterior to the inferior vertebral notch. It forms a demifacet that articulates with the head of the rib having the same number as the subjacent vertebra.

Etymology

Costal comes from the Latin word costa meaning rib. Fovea is Latin meaning a small pit or depression from the verb fodere meaning to dig.

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