T7 (7th Thoracic Vertebra)

The T7 vertebra is in the middle of the twelve (12) thoracic vertebrae of the torso and the center of the spinal column. Like the other T2-T9 vertebrae, it has a strong centrum or ventral body with a heart-like shape that is flat on its top and bottom where it meets with the T6 and T8 vertebrae, with cartilaginous intervertebral discs between to cushion the joints and spinal column as a whole. Its laminae and long spinous process overlap with the T8 vertebra, further protecting the spinal...

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    [Continued from above] . . . cord, which is enclosed by a circular vertebral foramen that continues to get smaller as the spine moves away from the brain. Facets on the transverse processes together with superior costal demi-facets and inferior costal demi-facets exterior to the ventral body make an articular space for the tubercular heads of the ribs.