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Cervical vertebrae

Cervical vertebrae

Overview

There are seven cervical vertebrae which are located in the neck. They are the smallest, and lightest vertebrae of the vertebral column.

Review Date 9/7/2017

Updated by: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.