Typical cervical vertebra

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  • Transverse process has a foramen transversarium that allows vertebral artery and veins to pass
  • Spine is small and bifid
  • Body is small and broad from side to side
  • Vertebral foramen is large and triangular
  • Superior articular process has facets that face back and up, inferior process has facets that face down and forward