Chapter 02: The Back
Liebgott: The Anatomical Basis of Dentistry, 4th Edition
1. The posterior surface of the skull is the _________________________.
c. odontoid process
d. transverse process
Occiput. The posterior surface of the skull is convex and is commonly called the occiput.
2. How many vertebrae are in the spine?
33. The vertebral column, or spine, has 33 vertebrae: 7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, 5
sacral (fused), and 4 coccygeal (fused).
3. There are ___ cervical vertebrae in the spine.
7. There are 7 cervical vertebrae in the spine.
4. The vertebral foramen, which houses the spinal cord, is formed by the _______________.
a. occiput and nuchal line
b. inion and occiput
c. vertebral arch and body
d. vertebral notches
e. transverse process and spinous process
Vertebral arch and body. The vertebral arch and body form the vertebral foramen, which
encloses and protects the spinal cord.
5. The arches in an articulated vertebral column form the ___________, which houses the entire
a. vertebral canal