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Rib anatomy. Artwork of two ribs and their associated intercostal nerves (yellow), arteries (red) and veins (blue). The ribs (costae) are curved bones that run from the sternum (breastbone, partially seen at lower right) to the backbone (vertebral column, partially seen at upper centre). Nerve ganglia (bulges) are present near the spinal cord, and the arteries and veins are seen arising from the aorta and the azygos vein, respectively, by the spine. The corresponding vertical blood vessels next to the sternum are the internal thoracic arteries and veins. Costal cartilage (light blue, lower right) joins the ribs to the sternum.
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