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Bone: Lateral mass of atlas
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First cervical vertebra, or atlas. (Lateral mass labeled at center right.)
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Articulation between odontoid process and atlas. (Lateral mass visible at left and right.)
Latin massa lateralis atlantis
Gray's subject #21 99

The lateral masses are the most bulky and solid parts of the atlas, in order to support the weight of the head.

Each carries two articular facets, a superior and an inferior.

It is the origin of the obliquus capitis superior and the insertion of the obliquus capitis inferior.

This article was originally based on an entry from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy. As such, some of the information contained within it may be outdated.

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