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Bones of the Vertebral Column and Ribs: Definition and Function

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There are a total of _____ pairs of ribs in the human body

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1. The first _____ pairs of ribs connect via their costal cartilages to the sternum directly

2. The sternum's _____ attaches to the first pair of ribs and clavicles

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

To what structures do ribs attach, and what are the names of sections of vertebrae that make up the spinal column? Using this quiz and worksheet, you can assess your knowledge of these bones and the terms used to describe them.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The total number of pairs of ribs in the body
  • The number of pairs of ribs that connect directly to the sternum
  • The term used to describe the part of the sternum that attaches to the clavicles and first pair of ribs
  • The number of vertebrae in the human spine
  • The term used to describe the section of the spine commonly associated with lower back pain

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding where ribs attach to the front and back of the body
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as manubrium and xyphoid process
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the terms used to describe the sections of vertebrae in the spine

Additional Learning

To learn more about this anatomical subject, review the accompanying lesson called Bones of the Vertebral Column and Ribs: Definition and Function. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the ribs and how they attach to the sternum
  • Detail the structure of the sternum
  • Provide information about the vertebrae of the spine
  • Name sections of the spinal column
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